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Game wardens push helmet use after several ATV crashes

Jul 05, 2019

Game wardens responded to several incidents July 4,  some of which have involved ATV crashes and serious injuries. In many cases, including a Burnham crash, game wardens are finding those injured were operating without helmets and are urging riders to wear protective headgear and maintain safe speeds.

Following are summaries of some of the more serious incidents:

At about 2 p.m., wardens responded to a UTV crash in Burnham off Winnecook Road. The UTV was being operated by a 15-year-old male with a 25-year-old passenger, Nicholas Chadwick, on private property. The 15-year-old suffered a concussion and both individuals were taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield. Neither was wearing a helmet. This incident remains under investigation.

Wardens responded to an earlier ATV crash on Frenchtown Road in Shawtown Township. Brynden McAndrews, 23, from Connecticut, was the operator of a dirt bike carrying a passenger and sustained serious leg injuries. His passenger, 26-year-old Eric White, was not injured. McAndrews was wearing a helmet, but White was not. This crash remains under investigation.

Game wardens received a report at 11 a.m. of a boat on fire on Long Lake in St. Agatha. The boat was being operated by Ken Martin, 60, with passenger Kenny Prescott, 34, both from Sinclair. The men were able to put on life jackets and get onto a nearby boat to safety. The rescue boat attempted to tow the burning boat to shore but flames became too severe and the tow line was cut.

The fully engulfed boat drifted to within 70 feet from shore where Madawaska Fire Department and other private boats were able to extinguish the flames. Once the fire was out, the boat was towed onto a nearby public beach where it was removed using a front-end loader supplied by a local resident. There were no injuries. The 24-foot 1996 Mariah Jubilie watercraft was a total loss.

Wardens responded to a third crash at the north end of Bowels Road in Caribou. Two 14-year-olds and a 4-year-old were takento Cary Medical Center in Caribou as a result of injuries received during the crash. The incident took place just after 3 p.m. near Guerrette Farms.

The 4-year-old male received a laceration on his forehead and his older brother an injured elbow. The second 14-year-old, a friend, received a broken wrist as well as a face laceration and a possible concussion. None were wearing helmets, but they were wearing seat belts.

They had been operating a 2013 Can AM Maverick 1000. It appears the three rolled over and lost control while operating downhill. The UTV is owned by the grandfather of the two brothers. This case remains under investigation.



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