Putney man critically injured in Errol UTV accident

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ERROL — A Putney man was critically injured in a utility terrain vehicle rollover crash Saturday afternoon on the 13 Mile Woods Trail, authorities said.

Michael Anderson, 42, was operating his UTV around 3:30 p.m. when he lost control and the vehicle overturned.

Anderson was traveling north with a young passenger as part of a three-OHRV group when the accident occurred on a downhill section of the trail.

Anderson sustained serious injuries, while the juvenile passenger had minor injuries, officials said.

Companions and bystanders provided immediate aid and called 911.

Rescue teams, including the Errol Fire Department, Errol Rescue, and Conservation Officers, responded to the scene.

Both Anderson and the juvenile were transported by ambulance from the crash site.

Anderson was later airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, and the juvenile was taken to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but authorities believe the downhill terrain and a brake issue with the UTV contributed to the accident.

Conservation Officers are reminding OHRV users to wear safety gear; the juvenile was in a child restraint system and had a helmet with eye protection, as required by law.

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