PATTEN, Maine — Two New Gloucester residents were lucky to escape serious injury Thursday when their motorcycle collided with a deer on Route 11, state police said.
James and Olivia Mead, both 53, were treated at Millinocket Regional Hospital and then released. They suffered road rash burns and Olivia Mead had bruised ribs, said Trooper Carmen Lilley of the Maine State Police’s Houlton barracks.
The Meads, who Lilley assumed were husband and wife, were heading north on Route 11 near the southern town line of Patten at about 9:40 a.m. when the deer jumped out of bushes in front of them, Lilley said.
James Mead laid down the motorcycle in an attempt to avoid hitting the deer, but was unsuccessful. The bike flipped up onto its side as both riders went sprawling after hitting the animal, Lilley said.
The deer was gone when Lilley arrived at the accident scene, as were the Meads, who were taken to the hospital, he said.
It was unclear what happened to the deer, Lilley said.
New Gloucester is a small town south of Lewiston and Auburn.