CUMBERLAND, Maine — A Windham man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when he crashed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 295 near mile marker 13.
Maine State Police Trooper Doug Cropper said Thomas Thompson, 40, suffered severe head injuries and was in critical condition Thursday afternoon at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
According to Cropper, Thompson was headed south in the passing lane on I-295 just after 1 p.m. when he pulled into the right lane to pass a vehicle and lost control. Cropper said a witness at the scene said the front wheel of the motorcycle was shaking badly before the crash.
“He just couldn’t get it under control,” said Cropper.
Thompson’s motorcycle left more than 400 feet of skid marks down the center of the travel lane, which Cropper said indicates Thompson didn’t go onto the shoulder or lose control on the rumble strip. Based on evidence at the scene, Cropper estimated that Thompson, an experienced motorcycle rider who has had his license since 2004, was traveling at approximately 75 miles per hour. Thompson, whose injuries are serious enough to be potentially life-threatening, according to Cropper, was not wearing a helmet.
I-295 was closed for about an hour after the crash and traffic was backed up for at least three miles, said Cropper. The investigation into what caused the crash is ongoing.