BANGOR — Police said a Shriner from Vermont suffered a head injury when he crashed while testing a small go-kart before a parade in Bangor.

Shriners from across the Northeast gathered Saturday in Bangor at the Civic Center for the final day of three-day event. The parade continued despite the accident.

Police say the miniature car crashed into a flatbed trailer in a bank parking lot.

The victim, who wasn’t identified, was not wearing a helmet.

Last October, a Shriner from Maine died after his go-kart overturned during a stunt at the Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest Parade in Newcastle. Investigators blamed a mechanical failure.

Brunswick dedicates 9/11 memorial

BRUNSWICK — Firefighters from across Maine have dedicated a memorial to first responders who died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Firefighters from 20 departments, honor guards and the Maine Department of Public Safety bagpipe and drum corps, kicked off the event Saturday at Southern Maine Community College’s Maine Fire Service Institute at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The memorial features a section of steel girder recovered from the World Trade Center site.

SMCC President Ron Cantor said such memorials “ensure that new generations of Americans never forget.”

The Maine Fire Service Institute is part of SMCC and carries the statewide responsibility for firefighter training and the legislative authority to issue certification.

Driver in fatal crash was Bridgton teen

BRIDGTON — Police have identified the victim of a fatal crash earlier this month in Bridgton as a senior at Lake Region High School.

Police say 17-year-old Austin Sloat was driving alone on Kansas Road toward downtown Bridgton on Sept. 5 when his vehicle left the road and crashed.

The Sun Journal newspaper said the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department has reconstructed the crash and that the investigation continues.

The Bridgton Police Department said speed appears to have been a factor.

Compiled from wire reports

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