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Near Misses
Incidents that could have resulted in a fatality, but did not.


July 12, 2009
Woman Injured in ATV Crash


A 44-year-old Maine woman was seriously hurt when an ATV she was riding apparently went into reverse and went down an embankment at a gravel pit.

According to the Maine Warden Service, the ATV was being driven by an 8-year-old girl.

The juvenile driver told Game Warden Joe Gairdner that woman was the passenger on the ATV near the top of an embankment when it unexpectedly went into reverse. The change in gear caused the vehicle to lurch into reverse and travel at a fast rate of speed a distance of 100 feet as it went down a 30-foot drop.

The ATV rolled over the top of an 8- to 10-foot-high boulder and came to rest upside down on the victim, who was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to Calais Regional Hospital by Baileyville-Downeast EMS and then by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she was listed in serious condition.

The juvenile was wearing a helmet and was seat-buckled into the vehicle, Gardner said.'Those actions likely saved her life,' he said.

The victim was not wearing a helmet or a seat belt.

Source: Bangor Daily News