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October 10, 2010
Two Seriously Injured in Otisfield ATV Incident
Augusta, Maine - A 28-year-old Portland man and a 7-year-old boy were seriously injured in an ATV incident Sunday evening off Lake Road in Otisfield.
Jordan Anderson, 28, of Portland was operating a friend’s 2005 Polaris 700 Twin ATV at approximately 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, on a driveway off the Lake Road in Otisfield with the owner’s 7-year-old son seated on the back.
Both had left a get-together at the house and had driven down the driveway, turned around and were coming back to the house when they drove off the left side of the driveway, according to MWS Warden Rick Stone.
An ATV that was being driven by Jordan Anderson, 28, of Portland, rests upside-down after going off a driveway Sunday evening, Oct. 10, in Otisfield
The ATV struck some large rocks as it dropped off the driveway, and appears to have spun sideways. The left side of the ATV stuck some more large rocks after it hit the ground.
Both the operator and the passenger suffered injuries on their left sides. The ATV’s left front tire hit more rocks, and the force broke the tire off the axle, causing the ATV to go airborne for approximately 15 feet further before it landed upside down. Both people were thrown off the ATV about the same distance and landed off to the side of the ATV.
According to Warden Stone, the total distance the 740-pound ATV traveled after leaving the driveway was approximately 45 feet.
Mr. Anderson suffered a broken femur. The 7-year-old passenger, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a broken eye socket and several breaks to his left arm. Both were transported to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
The incident remains under investigation.
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