Teenager helps two injured in Searsport ATV accident

Posted Sept. 29, 2011, at 6:25 p.m.

SEARSPORT, Maine — Authorities said that a teenage boy helped two people who were injured this week while riding an ATV in a local gravel pit.

Phil Warman, 46, and Michelle Kendall, 48, both of Stockton Springs, were riding Tuesday afternoon in the pit off Sandy Ridge Lane when their ATV rolled over, according to a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesperson.

“Both had non-life-threatening injuries to their heads,” Travis Barrett said Thursday.

Warman also suffered rib injuries and was unconscious briefly. Neither had been wearing a helmet.

A 13-year-old boy who was with their party saw the accident and hiked out to a main road where he was able to get cell phone service. He called for help and worked with responding authorities as they figured out where the accident had happened.

The official did not share the boy’s name, citing the agency’s policy.

Barrett said there was some initial confusion as authorities thought the accident had happened in Belfast instead of Searsport. Police and fire crews from both Belfast and Searsport went to the accident scene, as well as the Maine Warden Service.

Warman and Kendall were taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where they were treated and then released, Barrett said.

“We continue to remind people to be safe and wear helmets,” he said.

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