May 22, 2018
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Burlington ATV accident still under investigation

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

BURLINGTON, Maine — Game wardens continue to investigate an ATV accident last weekend in which three people were injured, officials said.

No decision has been made yet whether to charge any of the participants, said Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.

The accident occurred Saturday afternoon as Paul Boucher, carrying two grandchildren as passengers on his ATV, was approaching a corner on Madagascal Pond Road off Madagaskal Pond. An oncoming ATV met him in the turn, wardens have said.

Boucher, 68, of Lewiston was startled, quickly turned to the right and then overcorrected, causing his machine to roll over as it struck a dirt embankment, wardens said.

The Lewiston man and his passengers were trapped under the ATV. The 11-year-old managed to free herself but the 3-year-old and his grandfather remained trapped, wardens said.

Rachael Dorais, 41, of Biddeford, who had been on the approaching ATV, was helping the 11-year-old get the younger child out from under the machine when Dorais and the older child were struck by a third, runaway ATV, according to wardens.

A child, who was not identified, grasped the accelerator of a parked but still running ATV, according to the warden service. The machine was propelled into Dorais and the 11-year-old.

Boucher, Dorais and the older child were treated at Penobscot Valley Hospital for their injuries.

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