Two girls injured in Farmington ATV crash

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FARMINGTON — Two teenage girls were injured Monday when their side-by-side recreation vehicle struck a tree and rolled over, landing on the driver on Owen Manning Road in West Farmington.

The 14-year-old driver from Farmington was attempting to take a right turn into a driveway, but the ATV was going too fast, hit a tree and rolled over, partially ejecting her and fully ejecting her 17-year-old passenger, according to Officer Darin Gilbert of the Farmington Police Department.

The driver was trapped under the roll cage.

Firefighters had to cut the steering wheel to get it off her leg, according to Gilbert.

Firefighters and police lifted the ATV off the girl and pushed it back up onto its tires. Farmington Fire Rescue Chief Tim Hardy was inside the vehicle trying to keep the driver calm, Gilbert said. 

NorthStar EMS ambulance personnel treated the teenagers at the scene. A Franklin County deputy also assisted at the scene.

The girls’ names were not immediately available. The accident remains under investigation.

Neither teenager was wearing a helmet or seat belt, Gilbert said.

The teenagers were taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, where they were treated for cuts and bruises and released.

“They are both very, very lucky,” he said.

The 2012 Can-Am Commander they were riding is owned the by the driver’s parents.

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Two teenage girls were injured Monday after a side-by-side Can-Am Commander they were riding in struck a tree and rolled over on Owen Mann Road in West Farmington. The 14-year-old driver was partially ejected and the vehicle landed on her, and the 17-year-old passenger was ejected, Farmington officer Darin Gilbert said. Firefighters and police lifted the vehicle off the driver and back onto its wheels in this photo. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)

Rescuers work Monday to free a 14-year-old girl from Farmington after she was trapped under a side-by-side recreation vehicle she had been driving on Owen Manning Road in West Farmington. Police said the driver was going too fast as she attempted to make a right turn into a driveway. The ATV struck a tree and rolled over, injuring the driver and her 17-year-old passenger. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)

Two teenage girls were injured Monday afternoon after the side-by-side recreation vehicle they were riding in struck a tree and rolled over, partially ejecting the 14-year-old driver and fully ejecting her 17-year-old passenger on Owen Mann Road in West Farmington, Farmington officer Darin Gilbert said. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)

Emergency responders work on a 14-year-old girl who was trapped under a side-by-side recreation vehicle that struck a tree and rolled over on Monday afternoon on Owen Mann Road in West Farmington. The driver and her 17-year-old passenger were injured. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal)

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