Three injured in Appleton ATV crash

Aug 23, 2019
Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office Emergency crews responded to an all-terrain-vehicle crash in Appleton Aug. 23.

Appleton — Three people were injured Friday afternoon, Aug. 23, in an all-terrain-vehicle crash on Collinstown Road.

The crash occurred about 4 p.m. near Harriet Brook.

Upon arrival, emergency crews found three adults with serious injuries alongside a Polaris Razor side-by-side with severe damage in the road.

All three people were taken to hospitals. LifeFlight of Maine was called to transport one person with a possible serious head injury. Liberty emergency crews were setting up a landing spot for the helicopter near Stevens Pond in Liberty.

Timothy Ricker, 35, of Liberty, was listed Saturday in critical condition at a trauma center. Joseph Irvine, 51, of Lebanon, and Shayne Hathaway, 31, of Augusta, suffered serious injuries and were in local hospitals.

Police say the ATV missed a turn, hit a ditch, then a large tree, and continued for 100 feet. All three men were thrown from the vehicle .

The vehicle was towed because of the extent of  damage.

The circumstances around the crash are under investigation with Deputy Juan Alcala as the lead officer, but speed and alcohol are suspected as factors, according to the Knox County Sheriiff's Office. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Knox Regional Communications Center, the Maine Warden Service, Appleton Fire, Union Rescue, Warren Rescue, Waldoboro Rescue, Liberty Rescue. LifeFlight of Maine and Hometown Towing.

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