BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Its been a deadly couple of weeks on ATV trails across Maine as several ATV riders have been injured or killed in accidents across the state.
Game wardens say each accident was different, but some common factors caused some of the crashes. In a few cases, they say riders were drinking while driving or just not paying attention.
The most tragic accident took the life of a 4 year old child from Searsport. Investigators say Tanner Morse was injured on Monday after the ATV he was riding rolled on top of him while he was riding on property his grandfather's owns in Shin Pond.
In the last few weeks, two other people died in ATV related accidents. One incident happened in Carmel while the other happened in Phillips.
Game wardens say all of the accidents serve as a firm reminder of the dangers that can come with four wheeling. They want riders to practice safety by wearing helmets. Maine law also requires drivers under the age of 16 be supervised at all times by an adult while four wheeling.
"Because if they do get themselves into trouble...there has to be supervision there to make sure they warrant help if needed or to make sure they stay within the boundaries of riding the ATV," said state game warden Rick Ouellette, who says he's responded to as many as 8 ATV crashes in the last few weeks.
Game wardens are still investigating the accident that occurred in Shin Pond. They say it is possible for parents in any case to face charges if their child isn't properly supervised on an ATV.