February 10, 2021

MDIFW NEWS: Connecticut Man Dies In Snowmobile Crash

DALLAS PLANTATION, Maine - Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in a fatal snowmobile crash in Dallas Plantation last night.

William Arnow, age 33 of Stamford, Conn., was traveling on a 2019 Ski Doo MXZ on ITS trail 89 in Dallas Plantation heading towards Rangeley at approximately 10:30 last night when he crashed head-on into a powerline pole located off the side of the trail. Arnow and a friend were out for a quick ride on separate snowmobiles and had just turned around and were headed back to their property rental in Rangeley when the friend noticed there no longer were snowmobile headlights following him.

After turning around and backtracking, he found Arnow laying unresponsive on the side of the trail, with Arnow's snowmobile crashed against a power line pole on the side of the trail. He called 911 and performed CPR, until the Maine Warden Service, Rangeley Police Department and Emergency Service Personnel arrived. Arnow passed away at the scene and was taken to Wiles Funeral Home in Farmington.

The preliminary investigation by the Warden Service indicates that after Arnow turned around, he travelled a short way before striking the power line pole head-on. Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. The victim was wearing a helmet.

The Maine Warden Service was assisted by the Rangeley Police Department, Rangeley Fire Department, US Border Patrol, and North Star EMS. Currently, there is no additional information available.