APPLETON — Though the investigation continues into how three people ended up ejected from an all-terrain vehicle in Appleton, Friday, Aug. 23, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has garnered a few more details.
According to Deputy Juan Alcala, of the KCSO, the ATV was travelling east from Appleton toward Liberty on the Collinstown Road. As it entered into a corner, the ATV failed to follow the corner and continued straight and began entering into a ditch. The ATV struck a large tree at the operator’s door, spinning around completely while travelling approximately 100 feet.
The three occupants were ejected prior to the ATV coming to rest in the roadway.
The operator, Timothy Ricker, 35, of Liberty, sustained serious injuries and is in critical condition at a local trauma center. The passengers, Joseph Irvine, 51, of Lebanon, and Shayne Hathaway, 31, of Augusta, sustained serious injuries and are in stable condition at local hospitals, according to Alcala.
The events leading to the crash, along with the exact cause of the crash, are still under investigation but speed and alcohol are considered to be factors, according to Juan Alcala.
APPLETON — Knox County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of an all-terrain vehicle crash in Appleton that left three people with serious injury.
On August 23, at approximately 4:05 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the Collinstown Road in Appleton near Harriet Brook.
Upon arrival, responders found a Polaris Razor Side By Side, with disabling damage, in the roadway and 3 adults, with serious injuries, ejected and also in the roadway.
All 3 occupants were taken to medical centers for their injuries. The vehicle was towed due to the extent of damage.
The circumstances around the crash are under investigation, with Dep. Juan Alcala as the lead.
Deputies were assisted by Knox Regional Communications Center, Maine Wardens Service, Appleton Fire, Union Rescue, Warren Rescue, Waldoboro Rescue, Liberty Rescue, Lifeflight of Maine, and Hometown Towing.
This article will be updated as details become available.
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