PRESQUE ISLE – A Westmanland man remained in a Bangor hospital Tuesday after his ATV crashed into a steep ditch and he suffered multiple fractures, according to police.
Michael Lyng, 47, suffered fractures to his ribs and scapula and broke his femur in the single-vehicle crash, Officer Kevin Schumacher of the Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday.
Lyng was driving his ATV Monday south along Burlock Road in Presque Isle to get to the nearby multiuse trail at the time of the accident, Shumacher said.
Police believe he misjudged the steepness of the shoulder of the road because of high grass, hit a 5-foot drop-off, and rolled off the shoulder into a ditch.
Some ATV riders found Lyng and waited with him for police and an ambulance, Schumacher said.
Lyng was not wearing a helmet when officers arrived. Lyng was taken by ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, but because of the severity of his injuries, he was taken to Bangor for treatment. No information about Lyng’s condition was available from Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Schumacher said that the matter remains under investigation but that there are no charges pending and police believe alcohol was not a factor in the crash. He said police are waiting to talk with Lyng to make a final determination on the cause of the accident.
Schumacher was assisted by Officers Dana Cote and Dennis Quint of the Presque Isle Police Department.