SUV rollover in Athens sends three boys to hospitals

Posted Sept. 27, 2012, at 11:50 a.m.

ATHENS, Maine — Three boys were injured Wednesday when the SUV one of them was driving failed to negotiate a corner on Joaquin Road and rolled over twice, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Police were called to the crash scene shortly before 3:30 p.m.

The 1997 Chevrolet Blazer came to rest on its wheels, and police found the three injured males inside. The driver and back-seat passenger were taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.

The front-seat passenger suffered head trauma and a puncture wound to the torso. He was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to police.

“It appears that speed and driver inexperience may have been factors in the accident, which is still under investigation,” sheriff’s Lt. Carl Gottardi said Thursday morning.

Gottardi said the results of the investigation would be passed on to the the district attorney’s office.

The identities and ages of those involved in the crash were not released.