Motorcyclist in Alton crashes after clothing gets caught in rear wheel

Posted July 05, 2012, at 6:50 p.m.
Last modified July 05, 2012, at 10:07 p.m.

ALTON, Maine — A Milo motorcyclist suffered injuries that were not life-threatening on Thursday afternoon when a shirt or jacket hanging off the back of his motorcycle got caught in the rear wheel, sending the bike out of control, police said.

The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. on Bennoch Road. David Sonnenberg, 38, was traveling toward Old Town, according to Maine State Police Trooper Christopher Cookson.

Sonnenberg was unconscious for several minutes after the crash but was speaking with responders before he was placed into an ambulance and taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Cookson said Sonnenberg was wearing a helmet.

Both lanes of Bennoch Road were closed after the accident, causing traffic to back up until crews reopened the road around 5 p.m.

Maine State Police, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and fire and rescue crews from Old Town and Alton assisted at the crash.