WORTHINGTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- We're learning more information about a snowmobile accident involving a military helicopter in Worthington.

The Mass. Environmental Police said that a 44 year old man is at Baystate Medical Center recovering.

Tonight, we're hearing exclusively from a witness who saw the accident.

Wednesday morning, Mass. State Police and Environmental Police were back on the scene of a snowmobile accident involving a Blackhawk military helicopter in Worthington the night before.

State Police said that it happened around 7:30 p.m. off Route 112 at a private airstrip near Albert Farms Airport.

"I was sitting right across the street, we were waiting for the aircraft to take off and all of a sudden, we saw a snowmobiler coming down the street," said witness Peyton Shippie.

Shippie lives across from the airstrip. He told Western Mass News that he saw and heard the accident and came running to help.

"I still can't get the sound of him hitting that. I mean, I mean I didn't see it fully, I was looking down at my phone and when I heard the sound, I knew something happened. When we first saw him and talked to him, he was kind of foaming at the mouth a bit, couldn't really talk, and finally we got him to talk fully. He didn't leave the ground, his arm was pinned up...pretty bad...yeah bad condition," Shippie noted.

Shippie said he's an avid snowmobiler and frequents the trail which he says many in town do. Now, he said he'll be more careful.

"I was riding this the other day and it's kind of peaky little place and I couldn't see another snowmobiler over the hill and a big aircraft like this at night, you won't see it," Shippie explained.

We still do not know the name of the man involved or the extent of his injuries. We're told the helicopter came from Fort Drum in New York.

A spokesperson told us the crews which consisted of five people in total was on a routine training flight. They had pre-coordinated to land there after some daytime training to wait for the sun to set, so they could fly home using night-vision goggles.

We're told the helicopter sustained minor damage.

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