BRIDGEWATER, Maine — A Mars Hill man suffered serious facial injuries on Thursday evening in an ATV accident in Bridgewater.
Kyle Flint, 46, was injured at about 9:30 p.m. when he struck a tree that had fallen across the trail, according to Edie Smith, director of information and education for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Smith said in a written statement Friday that Flint was operating his 1986 Honda ATV on the rail bed trail in Bridgewater and was northbound approximately nine tenths of a mile south of the intersection with Corner Road, when he struck a tree that had fallen across the trail at head height. The tree apparently fell onto the trail due to thunderstorms in the area.
The ATV traveled close to 120 feet with Flint aboard before stopping. Smith said there were no skid marks left prior to the crash.
Flint called 911 on his cellphone. He was taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle with severe jaw, right eye and facial injuries.
He was later airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. An EMMC spokesperson had no information on Flint’s condition Friday afternoon.
Smith said officials are warning ATV riders to use caution when riding at night and to drive at a speed that allows them to avoid hazards within the range of their headlights. Smith said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, and that Flint’s ATV headlight was functioning properly.
The investigation remains ongoing.