Smithfield Man Dies In Snowmobile Accident

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SMITHFIELD, Maine (WABI) - Authorities say a Smithfield man is dead after a snowmobile accident.

Authorities say 53-year-old Brian Gatie was traveling on a club snowmobile trail in Smithfield when he struck a tree.

Officials say Gatie was the first of three sleds traveling together at the time of the crash.

Maine Game Wardens tell us excessive speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Authorities also say Gatie was not wearing a helmet.

The incident is under investigation.

This is the third fatal snowmobile crash of the year.