CLARKSVILLE — An 18-year-old, Quincy, Mass., man suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries after driving his all-terrain vehicle off the trail and striking a tree Saturday morning according to Fish and Game officials.
Ryan Mahoney was riding on Deadwater Loop Road in Clarksville traveling behind a utility task vehicle at about 10:50 a.m. when he failed to make a sharp right turn according to Conservation Officer Eric Fluette.
Then Mahoney drove straight into the woods and 20 feet down a steep embankment before striking a tree, officials said.
His riding companions came to his aid, made 911 calls and Pittsburg Fire, 45th Parallel EMS and conservation officers all responded to the scene.
Mahoney was brought to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook for treatment.
The crash remains under investigation but Officer Fluette said Mahoney following too close appeared to be a primary factor given the amount of road dust present on the trails.
State officials reminded all off-road vehicle riders traveling in groups to give significant space to maximize visibility.