EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 11, 2013

Snomobile collision, not speed, blamed for fatal crash

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have determined a collision, not speed, played a significant role in a Derry man’s death March 2 in New Brunswick.

Clarence Morin, 72, was killed after his snowmobile hit a tree near Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska, about 25 miles northwest of the Moose Valley Lodge.

He died at the scene, according to the RCMP.

At the time, investigators believed speed was a contributing factor in the fatal crash. Morin failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree.

But Tuesday, the RCMP issued a new report, which changed that. The RCMP now conclude Morin was involved in a collision before he struck the tree.

Morin was traveling with three other snowmobilers. Evidence showed a collision between Morin’s snowmobile and another “played a major part” in the accident. The collision caused Morin to lose control of his snowmobile, then he struck the tree, according to the RCMP.

Police have spoken to the other people traveling with Morin, according to a press release. No charges have been filed, but the investigation continues.