Colorado man thrown from motorcycle after crash with pickup in Lebanon

By Mike Greear, Foster's Daily Democrat (MCT)
Posted July 19, 2011, at 11:19 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — A Colorado man was injured Monday morning after being thrown from his motorcycle following a collision with a pickup truck on Carl Broggi Highway.

According to a press release from the Lebanon Rescue Department, witnesses say the westbound GMC pickup truck had slowed to make a left turn onto Long Swamp Road at about 11 a.m. when the westbound motorcyclist, operating a 1998 Harley-Davidson, attempted to go around the truck on the right.

At that time the driver of the truck decided instead to make a right turn onto Center Road, causing the truck to collide with the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, a 52-year-old male from Colorado, was thrown from the motorcycle onto the pavement. He was treated at the scene for injuries but refused to be transported by ambulance.

According to Lebanon Rescue, the man was wearing a helmet, which sustained a large dent because of the accident.

The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured, and was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

The Harley-Davidson received extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene, while the GMC pickup truck suffered damage to the passenger door and rear section, and was driven from the scene.

The accident is still under investigation by Deputy Corey Sweatt of the York County Sheriff’s Department. As of Monday afternoon, the department was unavailable to disclose the names of those involved in the accident.

Lebanon Rescue and the Sheriff’s Department were at the scene until 12:30 p.m. on Monday to treat the patient and to wait for a wrecker to tow the Harley-Davidson.

According to Lebanon Rescue, the state installed “traffic pre-emption signs” for vehicles turning onto the highway from either Center Road or Long Swamp Road because of the dangerous intersection.

Assistant Chief Jason Cole said that the intersection has seen three accidents in the past month, one at 10:31 a.m. the day before and one on June 8 with injuries. He also said there had been at least two fatal motorcycle accidents at the intersection in the last few years.

“It’s a very dangerous intersection due to the visibility of traffic coming down on Carl Broggi Highway in both directions,” Cole said.

The Lebanon Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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