HIRAM, Maine — A husband and wife from Wales died instantly Monday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a pickup truck on Route 113 in Hiram, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.
Patrick Vaillancourt, 67, and his 64-year-old wife, Margaret, were riding the motorcycle when the pickup driven by Kenneth Bouffard, 33, of Hiram veered into their lane around 2 p.m., McCausland said in a news release Monday night.
Bouffard was taken to Maine Medical Center with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.
There is no explanation for why the truck was in the wrong lane, but the Oxford County district attorney’s office will review the crash report when it is completed, McCausland said. The crash was on a slight curve in the road, which was closed for about four hours while state troopers investigated the accident.
The deaths bring the number of motorcycle fatalities to 24 in Maine this year, including Randal Goslin of New Hampshire, who died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle struck a utility pole Saturday night along Route 202 in Lebanon.
According to McCausland, speed and alcohol are considered causes in that crash.
Twenty-four is more than twice the number of motorcycle fatalities that occurred in all of 2014.