By Gordon Lane
CASCO (March 2, 2007): Dean Dunton left the derby Sunday night without a fish, without hope for the truck, and with a mashed-up car after a renegade snowmobile landed on the roof.
Dunton’s blue Subaru hatchback was the point of impact for an 800 cc Arctic Cat that launched off a snow bank and sailed over the rack of a Chevrolet truck. After the machine plopped onto his car, Dunton said the snowmobile bounced onto the hood of another truck before hitting the ice.
The thing was upside down still wide open,” said Tom Dunn, Dunton’s friend.
Ice fishermen from neighboring shacks said they heard mayhem and a throttle on high, then saw the snowmobile on its back after the crash.
No one was hurt in the accident. Dunn said an 8-year-old boy was operating the machine when the throttle apparently got stuck open. Dunton said the boy jumped off the machine while it continued to accelerate.
Robin Williams at Richardson’s Boat Yard in Windham, which sells snowmobiles, said a throttle stuck open is a rare sight.
“I haven’t heard of one freezing for a long time,” said Williams.
Snowmobiles have several safety features to prevent runaway machines, including kill switches and safety cords. The operator of the machine could not be contacted for comment.
Dunton’s car is now short several windows that blew out as the roof was crushed. He said his insurance won’t cover the damage.
Michael Hartwell contributed to this report.
- Cathy Clementz
- A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!