University of Maine student injured in motorcycle crash

Posted April 04, 2010, at 10:14 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Maine — A University of Maine student was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Sunday evening after she lost control of her motorcycle on Route 1A.

Ashley Estrella, 21, of Rockport suffered leg and ankle injuries and a possible head injury, according to Maine State Police Trooper Lucas Cunningham.

University of Maine at Machias students Ranae McHugh and Andrew Coffin said they came upon the accident about a minute after it happened.

“She was alert,” Coffin said. “She said she lost control of the bike coming around the turn on the dirt, and she jumped off.”

The accident happened on a bend in the road along the Penobscot River.

Coffin and McHugh said that they have wilderness first aid training, and they helped keep the injured woman still.

“It could have been a lot worse,” McHugh said. “Thank God for helmets.”

The Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department, the West Frankfort Fire Department and the Stockton Springs Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

Traffic was reduced to one lane for about half an hour.

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