Two hurt in Newburgh ATV accident

Posted Dec. 02, 2011, at 7:07 p.m.

NEWBURGH, Maine — Two local men were taken to the hospital Thursday night for treatment of injuries they suffered when they were thrown from an ATV they were riding on Littlefield Road.

Though Deputy Noel Santiago of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department declined to provide the men’s names Friday because the accident remained under investigation, he did say that both are in their early 50s.

One of the men lives in Newburgh and the other is a Levant resident, Santiago said. He said one was taken to St. Joseph Hospital and the other to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Further information about their medical conditions was not available on Friday.

Santiago said the accident happened shortly before 5 p.m. while the two were riding on an ATV they were using to haul wood out of a nearby forested area on a homemade trailer.

“They were pulling wood that they just got out of the woods and the weight flipped the ATV and they went flying,” Santiago said. One of the men was temporarily pinned under the machine.

Santiago said neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the accident, which occurred as the two were riding down a steep, short hill on Littlefield Road, which is unpaved.

A LifeFlight helicopter initially was requested but later was canceled after rescuers determined that the injuries were not as serious as they initially appeared, Santiago said.

Santiago said the accident remains under investigation. Assisting at the scene were personnel from the Maine State Police, Capital Ambulance and the Newburgh Fire Department.

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