- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Warden Service is emphasizing snowmobile safety after at least eight serious crashes around the state over the weekend left a number of people injured, including an 8-year-old boy.

Cpl. John MacDonald in a statement Sunday urged riders to slow down, keep to the right and never drink while snowmobiling.

He says most of the accidents involved excessive speed and inexperienced drivers.

Some of the most serious crashes occurred in Dyer Brook, Fort Kent, Lyman, Greenwood, Acton, Lewiston, Bingham, Athens and Casco.

In Lewiston, an 8-year-old boy was hospitalized while riding with his grandfather.

A 15-year-old boy was knocked unconscious when thrown from his sled in Athens on Sunday and suffered a concussion.

Several people suffered broken legs.

Two people have died in snowmobile crashes in Maine this season.

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