Rockland couple flown to hospital after Route 1 motorcycle crash

Posted June 30, 2012, at 3:18 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A Rockland couple were flown by LifeFlight helicopters to a Lewiston hospital Saturday afternoon after a motorcycle crash.

A 1989 Yamaha motorcycle driven by 75-year-old Richard Connell of Rockland was heading north on Route 1 in Warren when it struck the left rear of a 1997 Ford truck, also heading north, that was driven by a 17-year-old motorist, according to a news release issued by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The crash threw both Richard Connell and his wife, Margaret Connell, 72, from their motorcycle.

Because of the seriousness of their injuries, the two were flown to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. A telephone message was left with the nursing supervisor to find out the condition of the couple.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The crash occurred at noon near North Pond Road.

The teen driver of the truck was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. The department is not releasing his name because he is a minor.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Warren Fire and Rescue crew members. Two ambulances from Waldoboro also responded to the crash scene.

Thomaston police and Maine State Police assisted with traffic control as Route 1 traffic was rerouted for a short time, according to the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s office said it would release more information when it was available.

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