Man killed in snowmobile accident

EPHRATAH — The death of a 27-year-old Johnstown snowmobiler early Saturday is being investigated by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, according to a news release from Sheriff Richard Giardino.

Adam Kline was reportedly found by emergency medical personnel lying next to his snowmobile about a half-mile behind the Ephratah Rod and Gun Club on Route 67 and was given CPR and other medical assistance. He was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville where he was pronounced dead by coroner Margaret Luck.

The EMS responded to a 911 call about 1:25 a.m. via the sheriff’s communication center requesting assistance for a seriously injured snowmobiler.

Kline was the lead sled of a group of five people riding from the club. When the other riders came upon him, he was on the ground and the sled was near him, the release stated.

Giardino said the investigation is in its early stages and when complete, more information will be released.

Working jointly at the scene were members of the Ephratah Fire Department, Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Fire and EMS, St. Johnsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Ambulance Service of Fulton County, Life Net 72, director Steve Santa Maria and other members of the county Emergency Management Office, members of the State Police, and the sheriff’s office road patrol and investigations unit.

Also responding from the sheriff’s office was Giardino and Capt. Michael Garavelli.

Sheriff Giardino thanked the FCSO communications specialists for their overall response in dispatching the multiple agencies and coordinating necessary services. The sheriff also thanked members of the Rod and Gun Club for their assistance and allowing the club to be used by first responders.

More information will be released next week when the sheriff’s office has completed their investigation.

By Josh Bovee

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