ST. ALBANS, Maine — Two local teenagers are recovering from serious injuries after a middle-of-the-night ATV accident that left them stranded in the woods for an unknown amount of time.
The two 16-year-old boys from St. Albans last were seen by one of their mothers at about midnight Thursday. Sometime later, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, they went on an ATV ride. One of the boys called his father on a cell phone to report the accident, but the connection was poor. Maine Warden Service officers were dispatched to a trail near Pond Road in St. Albans at 4:10 a.m. Friday. With the assistance of volunteers from the St. Albans Fire Department, the boys were found within an hour of the cell phone call.
The boys’ names were not released because they are juveniles.
The boys, who were riding together on a four-wheeled ATV, struck a rock before hitting a tree. DIF&W spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte said neither teen was wearing a helmet.
They were both taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield before being sent to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, one by LifeFlight helicopter and one by ambulance. Turcotte had few details about which boy suffered which injuries, but she said they suffered a terrible range of head, back, shoulder, arm and leg injuries.
“We haven’t been able to talk to them yet,” Turcotte said Friday afternoon. “They are being attended to [by hospital personnel].”
The investigation into the accident, which is being led by Wardens Jonathan Parker and Sgt. Chris Simmons, is continuing, said Turcotte.