Teen seriously injured in ATV accident

Posted Aug. 19, 2009, at 11:01 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 17-year-old Delaware resident was seriously injured Tuesday when he was thrown from his ATV after failing to maneuver a sharp corner on a remote western Maine trail, according to the Maine Warden Service.

The teen, who is from Rehoboth, Del., was driving an ATV behind a 17-year-old friend, also from Delaware, on private Mile 10 Camp Association trails in Upper Enchanted Township near Jackman when the incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m., according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The injured teen lost control of the ATV when negotiating a turn, and was thrown between a birch and spruce tree, according to Game Warden Ray Miller. The ATV was stopped by the trees and did not land on the teen, Miller said.

The teen was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he underwent surgery for neck and back injuries, according to Miller.

Neither teen was wearing a helmet. The friend was not injured.

Turcotte said speed was a factor in the incident, which remains under investigation.

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