Motorcyclist killed on Route 202 at Greene town line

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, at 3:53 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — State and county police are responding to a fatal motorcycle accident on Route 202 at the Greene town line.

A portion of Route 202 has been closed and traffic re-routed around the accident that happened around 12:30 p.m.

According to an eyewitness, an Almighty Waste trash truck slowed to make a left turn onto a dirt lane near Schott’s surplus military vehicle storage. A motorcyclist was waiting at the stop sign to turn onto Route 202 when he was hit by the truck. The driver of the motorcycle fell under the truck and was crushed.

According to Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins, the Almighty Waste truck had just finished its recycling pickup on the northbound side of Main Street in Lewiston and the driver was turning into the dirt lane to make his regular turnaround when the accident happened.

He was not wearing a helmet, according to the witness.

According to Desjardins, a skidmark in the northbound lane of Route 202 seems to indicate that the motorcyclist may have been behind the truck and was attempting to go around it as the truck was making its left turn.

A state police reconstruction team and officers from the state’s Commercial Vehicle Division were at the scene mid-afternoon Monday and more information will be reported as it becomes available.

Hours after the accident, the city of Lewiston posted a notice that recycling pickup on Outer Main Street would be delayed until Tuesday because of the accident.

The name of the motorcyclist will not be released until after police have notified next of kin.

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