ORLAND, Maine — A 50-year-old man and two children were injured Sunday afternoon when the ATV they were riding crashed on Alamoosook Lake.
According to Warden Brian Tripp of the Maine Warden Service, the man, whose name was not released, his 5-year-old grandson and a 10-year-old girl were riding on the ATV on the lake at about 3:25 p.m. The 10-year-old girl was driving the ATV when it hit a fixed object, likely a rock or a pressure ridge, near a small island and flipped over, Tripp said.
None of them was wearing a helmet. All three suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The girl used a cell phone to call family members who were fishing near the shore and were able to reach the three riders and get them to shore near the Alamoosook Lodge. Bucksport Ambulance took them to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. There was no immediate word on their condition.
According to Tripp, the man was charged with allowing illegal operation because the children were not wearing helmets.
Tripp also noted that the ice conditions on the lake were poor and there was only one cove where there was safe ice. He said the three were very lucky that their machine did not break through the ice on the lake.