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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:19 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man suffered a broken leg in a snowmachine accident in the White Mountains National Recreation Area on Sunday afternoon and was rescued by two of his riding partners and a skier who happened onto the scene.

Bureau of Land Management ranger John Priday, who responded to the scene after one of the friends called 911 to report the accident, said the man suffered a badly broken leg. Priday did not have the man’s name.

The man had to be hauled about five miles in a sled towed behind a snowmachine to reach the Wickersham Dome trailhead at 28 Mile Elliott Highway, where an ambulance from the Steese Volunteer Fire Department was waiting.

Priday said rough trail conditions in the White Mountains likely contributed to the accident, which occurred on the Trail Creek Trail in the early afternoon as the snowmachiners were returning from an overnight trip to a cabin in the recreation area north of Fairbanks.

Priday said the man’s two friends and the skier who stopped to help did a good job of stabilizing the injured snowmachiner, keeping him warm and getting him out to the trailhead in prompt fashion.

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