Rockport man thrown 185 feet from motorcycle in fair condition

Posted July 03, 2012, at 12:45 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 47-year-old Rockport man was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Monday afternoon after he was thrown 185 feet from his motorcycle when it collided with a truck that had turned in front of him.

Anthony Johnson was initially taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport following the crash, which occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. on New County Road in Rockland. He was then taken to EMMC.

A hospital spokesman said Tuesday morning that he was in fair condition.

Johnson was traveling east on New County Road when a pickup truck towing a trailer, driven by James Hall, 62, of Owls Head, made a left turn from New County Road onto Belvidere Lane. There was a severe thunderstorm with torrential rains at the time.

Johnson’s motorcycle struck the trailer and he was thrown the 185 feet, landing under a storage trailer on the opposite side of the road.

Johnson was not wearing a helmet.

Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower said the investigation continues but he does not expect charges to be filed.

Lightning struck a utility pole as police and emergency medical crews were at the scene. Rockland Police Chief Bruce Boucher was standing under the pole when the bolt struck but he was not injured.

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