Teens still serious after ATV crash

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
Posted June 07, 2010, at 11:03 p.m.

ST. ALBANS, Maine — Two teenagers involved in an ATV accident early Friday morning remained in serious condition Monday, but their injuries were no longer considered life-threatening, according to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte.

The two teens, whose names were not being released Monday because the investigation is continuing, still have not been interviewed by investigators because of their medical conditions, Turcotte said Monday afternoon.

Mary Nadeau, principal of Nokomis Regional High School, said both young men are 10th-grade-age students. She said most students were preoccupied with graduation ceremonies over the weekend and a full schedule of final examinations. Regardless, there was certainly an element of the student body whose thoughts were with the two accident victims.

“It’s heartbreaking for the community whenever this happens, but it looks like we’re going to have a positive outcome in this situation,” said Nadeau. “There’s definitely a sense of relief that both of these students are going to be OK.”

Nadeau said she had talked with one of the boy’s mothers Monday who told her doctors thought the boys would recover from their injuries.

The accident happened sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. Friday, according to Turcotte. The boys were last seen at midnight and weren’t heard from again until one of them attempted to call his parents on a cell phone. A weak battery and low signal made the call difficult, but the boy’s father started to search when he received the call, said Turcotte.

A team of wardens and volunteers from the St. Albans Fire Department responded to the father’s report of the accident. The firefighters found the boys less than an hour after they began searching. The effort was aided by tracking the boy’s calls through a cell tower in Hartland, said Turcotte. That tower was activated last fall.

“We don’t know how long they had been hurt,” said Turcotte, who described the accident scene as a private dirt road near Pond Road in St. Albans. Both boys were thrown from the ATV after striking a rock and a tree. One of them was thrown about 30 feet from the ATV, said Turcotte. The investigation into the events leading up to the accident is continuing.

Nadeau said the high school’s guidance staff had offered assistance to students who needed it Monday.

“Everybody’s just glad and feeling a sense of relief,” said Nadeau.

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