Hiker, moped driver hurt in separate accidents in Acadia

Posted Aug. 02, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 02, 2014, at 8:04 p.m.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Two people, a hiker and a moped operator, were injured in accidents in the park on Saturday and taken to a Bar Harbor hospital for treatment, according to a park ranger.

Both of the accidents happened around the same time at approximately 11:30 a.m., Ranger Chris Wiebusch said Saturday.

The first one Wiebusch responded to was a moped accident on the Cadillac Mountain summit road. He said a married couple from Alpharetta, Georgia, was driving rented mopeds up the mountain when the wife lost control of her moped on a hairpin turn.

In keeping with park policy about injured visitors, Wiebusch did not release the names of either of the two people hurt Saturday in Acadia.

The woman moped operator, who is 32 years old, ended up driving into a ditch and hurting her left knee, the ranger said. She was wearing a helmet and either dislocated or broke her knee in the accident, he said.

“I don’t think speed was a factor,” Wiebusch said.

He said he thinks it is more likely that she just was not familiar enough with the moped she was driving.

An ambulance from Bar Harbor was called to the accident scene and then took the woman to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor for treatment, Wiebusch said.

Around the same time, a man from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, hurt himself when he fell while hiking down the west face of Cadillac Mountain to Bubble Pond.

The man, who is 65 years old, was hiking with a companion as they were nearing the bottom of the trail, the ranger said. The man missed a step and started to slide down a sheer rocky slope, turning to face in toward the rock with his hands and feet against it as he started to slide.

His feet hit a tree root at the bottom, which brought his slide to a jarring halt but also resulted in his head hitting the rock face, knocking him unconscious for a short period of time, Wiebusch said.

Responding rangers and other rescue personnel secured the man in a litter and carried him out a short distance to a waiting ambulance from Bar Harbor, the ranger said. The man was taken to MDI Hospital to be checked for a possible concussion, he said.

 

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