Massachusetts Teen Pinned Under Off-Road Vehicle Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

Authorities say friends and family lifted the vehicle off the girl and called 911.

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A 14-year-old Massachusetts girl suffered life-threatening injuries when an off-road vehicle she was riding in flipped over on top of her on Sunday in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Fish and Game said officers responded to a 911 call around 2 p.m. for a serious off-highway recreational vehicle accident in Francestown. They said a 49-year-old woman was driving a utility vehicle on a sloped section of lawn when the vehicle fell over on its side, trapping the teenage girl underneath.

Authorities said friends and family lifted the vehicle off the girl and called 911. First responders decided that due to the severity of the girl's injuries she should be transported by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly refused to be taken to the hospital.

According to officials, neither the driver nor passenger were wearing seat belts or helmets and the passenger was not related to the driver.

The accident is under investigation, though authorities said the initial investigation indicates the inexperience of the driver was a contributing factor.

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