June 23, 2018
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Girl flown to Bangor hospital after being struck by bicyclist in Acadia

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A young girl, who was struck by a bicyclist Wednesday on a carriage road, was transported to a Bangor hospital by LifeFlight helicopter, according to a park ranger.

The girl, who was walking with her family along a carriage road near Wildwood Stables around 5:30 p.m., suffered serious injuries that were not life-threatening, Ranger Richard Rechholtz said Thursday.

He said the girl was about 5 or 6 years old. In keeping with the park’s policy about visitors who require emergency medical attention, Rechholtz did not release her name.

He said the accident happened as a group of mostly teenage bicyclists visiting Acadia from a summer camp was headed west along the carriage road between Day Mountain and the Jordan Pond House. Three cyclists at the front of the group crashed when they came upon the family as they were headed downhill and around a curve.

The third bicyclist crashed into the young girl and also struck a coping stone by the side of the road, Rechholtz said. After rangers responded to the accident, the third bicyclist, a girl in her teens, was taken by Bar Harbor Ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor for treatment of serious injuries that were not life threatening, he said.

After being checked out at the accident scene, the younger girl walked with her family to the Jordan Pond House before the family decided she should go see a doctor, according to Rechholtz. Northeast Harbor Ambulance then responded and took her to MDI Hospital before she was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, he said.

Rechholtz said rangers are still investigating the accident and conducting interviews. He said he does not know where the group of bicyclists was from and that rangers have not determined in which direction the family was walking when they encountered the bicycling group.

Also on Wednesday, at around the same time, rangers went to the scene of an accident where a hiker had injured himself on Acadia Mountain, Rechholtz said. In that accident, a 54 year-old man hurt his hand and, with the help of rangers, was able to walk out of the park on his own power. The man then was taken by Southwest Harbor Ambulance to MDI Hospital for treatment, Rechholtz said.

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