FRANCESTOWN — A 14-year-old Massachusetts girl was airlifted Sunday from the scene of an off-road vehicle rollover near Bible Hill Road, according to a news release from the N.H. Department of Fish and Game.
The crash happened around 1:50 p.m. on a private property in Francestown, Fish and Game said, when a 49-year-old Francestown woman lost control of a Textron Stampede X utility terrain vehicle (UTV), according to the release.
The UTV rolled over, pinning the teenage passenger underneath.
By the time Fish and Game officers and other first responders arrived, family and friends had lifted the vehicle off the 14-year-old, according to the release.
The passenger was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, while the driver declined to be taken to a hospital, Fish and Game said.
The two are not related, according to Fish and Game, and neither are identified in the release.
No further updates on the passenger's condition were available this morning from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Fish and Game said the crash is under investigation by conservation officers.
The operator's driving inexperience "was a contributing factor," based on the preliminary investigation, according to the release.
Neither of the two were wearing seatbelts or helmets in the semi-enclosed vehicle; wearing a seat belt in such vehicles is not required by law, though helmets and eye protection are, according to Fish and Game.
Fish and Game said they recommend all children under the age of 18 wear a seatbelt while riding in UTVs.