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Hampden man taken to hospital after motorcycle crash

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
The driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is taken to the nearby ambulance after first responders lifted him over the guardrail, onto Route 1A in Holden on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Holden Police Chief Gene Worcester said it appears the driver of the motorcycle had to "lay down" his bike to avoid cars stopped to turn left in the front of him. The driver was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Units from Holden and Brewer responded to the accident.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — A Hampden man was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after his motorcycle rear-ended an SUV on U.S. Route 1A, according to police.

John Quesnel, 48, was headed westbound toward Brewer when his bike hit the rear corner of a Ford Explorer driven by Andrew Sunnekalb, 49, of Bloomington, Ind., according to Holden police Sgt. Gene Fizell.

Fizell said Sunnekalb had slowed for a vehicle in front of him, causing Quesnel, who was behind Sunnekalb, to hit his brakes.

“That left Mr. Quesnel, according to witnesses, with no place to go,” said Fizell. “He braked quickly, but he did hit the passenger-side rear corner of the Ford.”

The impact sent Quesnel’s bike onto its side, and Quesnel, who was wearing a helmet, leather jacket and jeans, skidded along the side of the roadway and over an embankment, Fizell said.

The accident took place just after noontime, and traffic, which was moderate on the busy thoroughfare that connects Brewer with Mount Desert Island, was reduced to one lane while crews worked at the scene.

Quesnel was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of a concussion, Fizell said. Sunnekalb was not injured.

Quesnel’s bike had extensive damage, Fizell said, while Sunnekalb’s vehicle had minor damage.

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