DIXVILLE, N.H. —
A woman from New York was airlifted from the scene of a serious all-terrain vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.
At 1:04 p.m., emergency crews responded to the report of an ATV crash on the Flume Brook Trail in Dixville Notch. New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers determined that Ashalee James, 29, of Central Islip, New York, suffered what appeared to be serious, but not life-threatening injuries, after crashing a rented ATV approximately 60 feet down a steep embankment off the trail.
James had been operating behind other members of her riding party, who reversed direction on the trail and attempted to locate James for approximately 30 minutes upon discovering her missing from the rear of the group.
Other trail riders had come across the scene of the crash, called 911, and rendered assistance to James, transporting her out to Route 26 to an awaiting ambulance.
James was transported to a helicopter landing zone at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, where she was immediately transferred into a helicopter and airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for further treatment.
Patient required helicopter transport to Dartmouth-Hitchcock
James was wearing a full-faced helmet and eye protection at the time of the crash, and alcohol impairment was not a factor.
Due to sustaining a loss of consciousness, James could not remember any details about the crash, and the incident was not directly witnessed by any other riders. It appears operator inexperience was a likely contributor to the incident.
The rented ATV being driven by Ashalee James, 29, of Central Islip, seen after a crash on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Credit: N.H. Fish and Game Department)
A Central Islip woman riding an all-terrain vehicle in New Hampshire was seriously injured when her rented ATV plunged 60 feet down an embankment, officials said.
Ashalee James, 29, was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and was expected to survive, the state Fish and Game Department said.