Dixfield couple hurt in ATV rollover


CANTON – A Dixfield couple viewing fireworks from Holman Mountain were seriously injured late Wednesday night after the all-terrain vehicle they were on flipped onto them.

Maine Warden Service spokesman Mark Latti said by phone Thursday afternoon that James Holman suffered a cracked sternum and dislocated shoulder in the accident, while his wife, Paula, suffered a shoulder injury and possible broken bones. Their ages were not immediately available, but they live at 10 Sugarloaf Ave. in Dixfield.

Both were taken by Med-Care Ambulance to Rumford Hospital and then moved to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after getting off the mountain at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Latti said.

Neither of the Holmans was wearing a helmet when they rode a 2005 Arctic Cat 650 ATV up Holman Mountain on the Col. Holman Trail, which is off Col. Holman Road and Canton Point Road.

“They were up there to watch fireworks and, when they headed back down at about 9:45 p.m., they were driving down a rather steep and rough trail,” Latti said.

He said the ATV went over some uneven rock, which flipped it over and onto them. James Holman was driving the machine, he said.