Family of Maine man who died in Quebec snowmobile accident sues for nearly $8M

The family of a Maine tourist who died in a snowmobiling accident in Quebec in 2016 has launched a lawsuit for almost $8M.

Glenn Dumont, 69, died on March 2, 2016 after his snowmobile crashed into another on a trail near L'Étape, 100 km east of Quebec City.

The lawsuit claims while the other snowmobiler may have been at fault, it was also partly due to faulty signage on the trails, the responsibility of the Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, which is also named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that if the signs were better, the accident would not have happened.

Witnesses at the time had complained ambulance technicians arrived near the scene but refused to travel onto the snowmobile trails. The ambulance technicians corporation said they were bound by ministerial protocol which limits their services on such trails.

A Quebec coroner concluded that the SQ received the call for help over half an hour after the accident and that snowmobilers have a certain responsibility to ensure their own safety, especially on far-flung trails.