Jeffrey Wiley Jr. of Sangerville died Friday in a snowmobile crash in Corinna. Credit: Maine Warden Service

CORINNA — A Sangerville man was killed in a snowmobile crash Friday when he struck a tree, Maine game wardens said.

Jeffrey Willey Jr., 44, of Sangerville was traveling south along a rail bed snowmobile trail near the end of a 300-mile ride when the crash occurred.

Willey was assistant chief at the Sangerville Fire Department, where he was a member for 20 years, according to his obituary.

A graduate of Piscataquis Community High School, Willey attended Washington County Technical College. Willey was an avid hunter and snowmobiler, according to his obituary.

Another snowmobiler riding with Willey reported the crash. Wardens attributed excessive speed as the cause of the crash.

This is the second fatal snowmobile crash of the season. Game Warden Lt. Dan Scott said riders should always ride under control and adjust their speed to trail and weather conditions.

“Due to the heavy rains and freezing temperatures we have been experiencing this season, many trails have an icy base, requiring longer stopping distances. Riders should be careful to not overdrive their headlights and be conscious of hazards and other riders on the trails,” Scott said.

BDN writer Lauren Abbate contributed to this report.

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