Falmouth man injured when bike hits moose

Posted July 02, 2010, at 11:45 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

TOWNSHIP 16 RANGE 4, Maine — A Falmouth man suffered extensive injuries Thursday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a moose.

State police Sgt. Brian Harris said the accident occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. in T16 R4, just north of what is known locally as Madawaska Lake.

Karl Kelley, 65, was driving his 2004 Harley-Davidson north on Route 161 when a moose ran into the roadway.

Kelley could not avoid the animal, and it struck his motorcycle and knocked Kelly off the bike and onto the roadway.

The motorcycle continued along the road a short distance and struck a southbound pickup operated by Douglas McDougal, 28, of Old Town.

Kelley was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou by Caribou Ambulance for serious head and internal injuries, according to Harris.

McDougal was not injured in the crash.

Kelley’s motorcycle had approximately $5,000 in damage, and McDougal’s pickup had approximately $1,000 in damage.

Kelly was wearing a helmet, Harris said.

The moose ran from the scene.

Trooper Todd Stetson investigated the crash and was assisted by Harris and Warden Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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