PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three men have been killed in unrelated crashes while riding all-terrain vehicles in Maine.
Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Violette of Readfield died Saturday morning when the ATV he was riding flipped after hitting a depression in the road in The Forks, according a report from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
A woman who was on Violette’s ATV was suffered non life-threatening injuries.
Later in the morning 69-year-old Roland Robitaille of Freedom, Maine was thrown from an ATV while on a trail in Anson. Authorities say Robitaille’s ATV went over a bridge on the trail and rolled.
The third death occurred Saturday evening in Franklin County when an ATV ridden by 29-year-old Tyler Curry of Groton, Mass. went off a bridge into a river. His body was found by fishermen. Authorities believe speed was a factor in the incident.
None of the three men were wearing a helmet, authorities said.
The three deaths prompted the Maine Warden Service to issue a safety advisory Sunday urging riders to wear a helmet, stay on marked trails and ride responsibly.
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