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Youth in critical condition after Pelletier Island ATV crash

SAINT AGATHA, MaineA group of six young people were taken to a hospital and one is in critical condition after a rollover crash in a utility ATV Friday night on Pelletier Island in St. Agatha.

The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash around 7 p.m. Friday night and found the six juveniles rolled over in a Polaris UTV, said Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen in a press release.

A 14-year-old female was driving the machine with another youth passenger and four youth riding in the vehicle’s rear dump body, Gillen said.

All six juvenile occupants were taken to Edmundston Regional Hospital in nearby New Brunswick by ambulance with injuries. An 11-year-old female was then flown to a hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with serious injuries and was listed Saturday afternoon in “critical condition but stable,” Gillen said. As of Monday morning, Gillen said she was awake, but didn’t have any further updates. 

None of the occupants were wearing helmets or seatbelts, and it appears that speed and driver inexperience were major factors, Gillen said. 

The crash remains under investigation as of Monday morning and there “may be charges,” he added. Police did not release the identities of the individuals. Gillen said they are from Canada and have a camp in Maine.

Family of the children involved set up a gofundme page for donations to help combat hospital costs. To find out more information, or to donate, visit them online.

This story will be updated.

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