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Three injured in separate crashes during ATV Festival


August 08, 2018
BERLIN – New Hampshire Fish And Game reported three separate ATV crashes over the weekend that each resulted in injuries, including a Berlin man.

On the first day of the annual ATV festival, Friday, Aug. 3, two ATV accidents occurred at Jericho Mountain State Park and personnel from the North Country responded to the scenes.

The first accident occurred at about 1 p.m. Janice Sisson, 53, of Cavendish, Vt. was traveling on the Pipeline Trail and went off the trail after avoiding a collision with a different OHRV (off highway recreational vehicle). New Hampshire State Forest Rangers, New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers, Berlin EMS and the Berlin Fire Department arrived at the scene. Sisson sustained an injury to her arm and she was transported via a specialized off-road rescue vehicle and was transported to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital by Gorham Ambulance where she was treated for he injury.

Around 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, another woman, Cheryl Palermo, 47, of Danvers, Mass., was traveling on Overlook Trail and was ejected from her ATV after hitting some rock slabs. She sustained multiple injuries as a result. Two New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers along with Berlin Fire and Berlin EMS responded to the scene. Some individuals in her riding group had stabilized her and she was removed by a specialized off-road rescue vehicle provided by the Berlin Fire Department. Berlin EMS transported her to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital where she was treated for multiple non-life-threatening injuries.

On the second day of the festival, Saturday, Aug. 4, a Berlin man was injured after crashing his ATV at Jericho Mountain State Park.

At about 2:25 p.m., Michael Middleton, 67, of Berlin, was traveling on the Pipeline Trail on his ATV and kept to the right of the trail to avoid oncoming traffic and he hit a rock which ejected him from the vehicle. After he hit the ground, his own ATV struck him resulting in an injury.

Family members tended to him and a call was made to authorities. New Hampshire Forest Rangers, New Hampshire Fish and Game, U.S. Border Patrol officers, Berlin Fire and Berlin EMS all responded to the scene. He was removed by the Berlin Fire Departments specialized off-road rescue vehicle brought to an awaiting Berlin ambulance, and Berlin EMS transported him to Androscoggin Valley Hospital where he was treated for his injury that was determined to be serious but non-life-threatening.

After an investigation, Fish and Game determined that Middleton had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. His ATV had struck is head and the helmet "undoubtedly saved him from further serious injury or potentially death," reported Fish And Game.

"This highlights the importance of always wearing a helmet while operating off road vehicles anywhere," the report stated.

"Authorities would like to remind OHRV operators that if they are involved in a crash resulting in $500 or more in damages to the machine or injury to any person, that they must file an OHRV Accident Report with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department within five days of the crash," Fish and Game stated in a release.

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