3 hurt as ATV crashes into trees

Posted Aug. 15, 2010, at 1:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two of the three people who were injured Saturday evening in an ATV accident in Danforth remained at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday night.

Sgt. Durward Humphrey of the Maine Warden Service said that one of the accident victims, a 9-year-old girl whose injuries included a skull fracture, broken right arm and broken left collarbone, was listed in critical condition.

The girl initially was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital and then was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center by ambulance.

Tasha Barnes, 20, of Baileyville, the operator of the ATV, suffered chest injuries, broken ribs, other internal injuries and internal bleeding.

Humphrey said Barnes also received initial treatment in Houlton but was airlifted to EMMC by LifeFlight. Barnes was listed in serious condition on Sunday afternoon.

Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Monday that it was her understanding that Barnes’ condition had been upgraded to fair.

The third person hurt in the accident was a 13-year-old girl who was treated at the hospital in Houlton and then released.

The accident on Brown Road was reported about 5:45 p.m., Humphrey said in a news release issued over the weekend.

Barnes and her two passengers were riding an ATV on Brown Road when the vehicle went airborne off a trail and hit hemlock trees. Barnes and the 9-year-old, who was in the ATV’s dump bucket, were thrown from the vehicle. The teenage girl was wearing a seat belt and remained with the vehicle. None was wearing a helmet.

Humphrey and Game Wardens Brad Richards, Jim Davis, Scott Martin and Paul Farrington went to the accident. Danforth and Baileyville rescue crews also went to the scene.

The accident remains under investigation, Humphrey said Monday night.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the town the girls were from, the age of the younger girl and how the older girl was transported to the hospital.