Separate ATV accidents send drivers to EMMC

Posted May 30, 2010, at 8:40 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — In two separate accidents, two all-terrain vehicle riders ended up at Eastern Maine Medical Center this weekend after crashing their vehicles.

One incident happened Sunday in The Forks Plantation in Somerset County, while the other occurred Saturday evening in Orland in Hancock County, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

In The Forks, John Puckey, 70, of Newcastle was driving an ATV up a steep embankment behind the offices of Northern Outdoors around 12:45 p.m. Sunday when the ATV turned sideways and rolled, throwing Puckey into a tree, Turcotte said. Puckey suffered possible broken legs and ribs, and later was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to the Bangor hospital.

In Orland, Ronald Grant, 47, was riding an ATV on his property around 6 p.m. Saturday when he struck a stone wall, according to Turcotte. Grant was not wearing a helmet and is believed to have hit the wall with his head, she said.

Grant suffered a broken back and was taken by ambulance to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital before being taken by ambulance to EMMC, Turcotte said. Grant’s accident still is under investigation by Warden Brian Tripp.

A nursing supervisor at EMMC said Sunday evening that both men remain at the hospital in fair condition.

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