Man stranded in field for 5 hours after snowmobile accident in Vienna

At least one person is reported to be injured in a snowmobile accident in the town of Vienna.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 7:28 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2020 10:38 AM

VIENNA, N.Y. – An Oneida man laid injured in a field for nearly five hours after crashing his snowmobile in Vienna early Monday morning.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Milton F. Lighthall, 50, was riding his snowmobile behind the town of Vienna Department of Public Works when he hit a drainage ditch around 1 a.m., injuring himself and damaging the front of his 1995 Yamaha Vmax.

Sheriff Rob Maciol says Lighthall sustained injuries severe enough that he wasn’t able to walk, leaving him stranded at the scene until help was notified around 5:45 a.m.

Lighthall was taken by ambulance to a landing zone, where he was then airlifted to Upstate Medical Center via Mercy Flight. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to Maciol.

No tickets have been issued, but the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.

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