LAGRANGE, Maine — Investigators from the Maine Warden Service cited speed and driver inexperience as factors in an ATV accident Wednesday afternoon that sent two teenage girls to the hospital with serious injuries.
The girls, ages 13 and 14, both were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where they remained late Wednesday night, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Edie Smith said.
Smith said the girls reportedly are from the area, but it was not clear if they are residents of LaGrange.
The girls were riding one of two ATVs allegedly stolen from a camp in the area. The other machine was being driven by a 16-year-old boy, Smith said. None of the teens were wearing helmets.
According to investigators, the two girls were injured when the ATV they were riding struck a railroad crossing gate about 4 p.m. The crossbar of the heavy metal gate knocked them off the machine and caused extensive damage to the machine’s hand controls.
One of the girls suffered leg injuries and the other had cuts to her head and internal injuries. No addition information about either girl’s medical condition was available at press time, Smith said.
The accident remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service. Warden Jim Fahey is leading the investigation.
Wardens Mike Boyer, Dan Carroll and Warden Sgt. Ron Dunhan assisted at the accident scene, Smith said. She said the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the alleged thefts of the ATVs.