Boy’s four-wheeler rolls over in Palermo

Posted Sept. 06, 2009, at 8:45 p.m.

PALERMO, Maine — A 14-year-old boy rolled his four-wheeler Sunday near Route 3 and was flown to a Bangor hospital.

The Augusta teen suffered a broken collarbone, but his injuries could have been much worse, Maine Game Warden Chris Dyer said Sunday afternoon.

“He was wearing a helmet, which saved him,” Dyer said.

The youth, whose name was not released by the Maine Warden Service, was traveling about noon across a field in a group of three four-wheelers, all driven by teenagers.

The first driver navigated across a road entrance, Dyer said, but the 14-year-old couldn’t make it.

“The operator rolled it end over end,” Dyer said.

An off-duty state trooper happened upon the accident scene and called for help, the warden said. Liberty Ambulance responded, and the crew called LifeFlight of Maine to fly the boy to a hospital because of concern about a potential head injury.

His parents met him at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he remained late Sunday afternoon, though Dyer expected he soon would be released.