Two injured in Farmington ATV accident


FARMINGTON — Police said a Farmington couple were injured after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding struck a tree Sunday afternoon.

Christine Sweetser, 31, was driving a 2006 Arctic Cat north on the Whistle Stop Trail around 5:30 p.m. and was nearing the parking area in West Farmington, said Maine Game Warden Dan Christiansen.

As she came around a slight bend in the trail, she told Christiansen she tried to slow down to avoid a woman walking a dog, went off the trail and crashed into a tree, he said.  

Sweetser injured her shoulder and her passenger, Bruce Sweetser, 34, had a leg injury. The injuries were serious, Christiansen said. Both were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital by a NorthStar ambulance.

There were no witnesses to the accident, he said. Another rider who was ahead of the Sweetsers came back when they didn’t arrive at the parking area and found them both lying on the ground. He continued on the trail to the hospital to get help, he said.

The female walker Sweetser said she tried to avoid was not found but a male walking a dog was found farther down the trail, he said.

Farmington Police and Farmington Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. The couple was taken to Titcomb Mountain Ski Slope by a rescue ATV to meet the ambulance.

A spokesman for FMH would not comment Monday on whether the two were admitted to the hospital.

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