Motorcyclist seriously injured in Orland accident

Posted June 27, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.

ORLAND, Maine — A man from Penobscot remained hospitalized Monday after suffering serious injuries in an accident on U.S. Route 1 on Sunday afternoon.

According to Deputy Christopher Sargent of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Jeffrey Fitch, 54, was injured in an accident that took place about 1:15 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Route 1 and Back Ridge Road.

According to Sargent, Hellen Hall, 62, of Belfast had been traveling west on Route 1 and stopped in traffic with her left directional blinker activated. Hall had started to make a left-hand turn when Fitch, who was traveling east on Route 1 on a 1971 Honda motorcycle, struck the rear passenger side of her car, a 2009 Suzuki.

A LifeFlight helicopter went to the scene, but the decision was made to take Fitch by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he remained on Monday. There was no information available on his condition.

Hall was not injured in the accident.

Both vehicles were badly damaged in the accident and both were considered total losses.

The accident closed Route 1 briefly Sunday afternoon, but emergency crews were able to open one lane of the road and keep traffic moving.