Madison man suffers injuries in ATV accident

Posted Nov. 06, 2011, at 6:49 p.m.

CARATUNK, Maine — A Madison man suffered several injuries Sunday morning in an ATV accident in Caratunk, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Glenn Dow, 60, was riding on a Polaris ATV on a trail near Chase Pond when its rear axle broke, causing the right back tire and shaft to separate from the machine, according to a press release from the warden service.

He and three other riders were traveling at about 30 miles per hour when the ATV lost its tire, causing Dow to fall off the machine and travel about 50 feet, finally coming to a stop in a ditch. The ATV continued for 50 feet before stopping.

“He struck his head on a rock but was saved by his helmet,” Edith Smith of the Maine Warden Service wrote in the release.

Dow was taken by ambulance to Bingham, where he was met by a LifeFlight helicopter, which flew him to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was suffering from several broken ribs as well as injuries to his shoulder and knee, Smith wrote. He was conscious throughout his rescue.

Dow’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to the warden service. An Eastern Maine Medical Center official contacted Sunday evening said that no information was available about his condition.

Smith said that the warden service will “conduct a closer investigation” of the ATV, led by Game Warden Rick Clowry.