June 24, 2018
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Injured WLBZ cameraman recuperating at home

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A WLBZ news photographer who was injured Thursday in a fall from Mount Katahdin’s Knife Edge Trail was recuperating at home Friday.

“I’m home. I’m resting,” Dan Frye told a Bangor Daily News reporter Friday, adding that he was released from Millinocket Regional Hospital on Thursday.

Though attempts to reach news director Maureen O’Brien for an update were not successful Thursday and Friday, anchorman Chris Faccini said at the end of Friday’s 6 p.m. newscast that Frye suffered a broken nose, a bad wrist sprain and scrapes.

Frye, Faccini and reporter Jackie Ward were on Mount Katahdin to shoot an episode of the station’s “Must-See Maine” series when Frye slipped and fell about 10 to 12 feet, injuring his head and torso, Baxter State Park Director Jensen Bissell said Thursday.

Ward reported the accident to the park’s headquarters about 12:30 p.m., Bissell said.

After dispatching a ranger to the scene from Chimney Pond, park officials notified the Bangor-based 126th Army National Guard Medevac Unit in Bangor and asked for assistance, Bissell said. He said Knife Edge Trail is one of the highest and most difficult to access points in Baxter State Park.

A Black Hawk medevac helicopter arrived about two hours later to evacuate Frye, who was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital for treatment.

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