July 14, 2008

2 Sullivan Teens Hurt in ATV Accident

SULLIVAN - Two 15-year-old girls were taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth on Friday afternoon after the all- terrain vehicle they were on crashed.

District Game Warden Shannon Fish said neither of the girls was wearing a helmet.

The girls, who were both from Sullivan, suffered cuts and abrasions. The passenger had a head injury. Fish was unsure of the seriousness of the head injury, although he said a LifeFlight team was initially called to the scene and then called off. He was not sure if the two girls were both still hospitalized in Ellsworth on Friday night.

Fish said the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. The girls were riding on a road in the woods off Route 183 at what Fish said appeared to be a high rate of speed for the gravel conditions. The speed, a turn in the road and conditions likely caused the driver to lose control of the ATV.

Those using ATVs should always wear helmets and plan for the conditions, Fish added.

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