Castle Hill man still critical after crash

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, at 5:51 p.m.

CASTLE HILL, Maine — A Castle Hill man remained in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center Monday, three days after he was struck by a vehicle while plowing snow with an ATV.

Wendell Denbow, 52, was taken to the Bangor hospital on Friday after the Haystack Road crash.

Sgt. Forrest Dudley of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said that the accident took place just before 8 a.m.

Bethany Morton, 23, of Ashland was eastbound on the road in her 2007 Toyota Camry when Denbow backed the ATV out in front of her.

Dudley said that Morton was unable to stop and she struck the ATV.

The 52-year-old was thrown from the ATV, hit Morton’s vehicle, and landed in the roadway.

Denbow suffered serious injuries and was taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. He was then flown to EMMC by Aroostook Critical Care Transport.

He has remained in critical condition since the accident.

Poor road conditions and visibility were factors in the crash, according to Dudley.

Morton was not injured.

Deputy Mike Montpetit investigated the accident and was assisted by Deputy Mitch Wheeler.

The Mapleton Fire Department, the Maine Warden Service and the Ashland Police Department also assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation. No charges are pending.

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