June 24, 2018
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Massachusetts motorcyclist dies in Franklin County collision

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

LANG TOWNSHIP, Maine — A 42-year-old Massachusetts man was killed Monday after his motorcycle failed to negotiate a sharp turn on Route 16 and slid into the path of a propane truck, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said Monday.

Information gathered by deputies indicate that four or five motorcycles were traveling east on Route 16 at about 12:07 p.m. and came upon a sharp corner.

The lead motorcycle, driven by Michael Rezendes of Billerica, Mass., failed to negotiate the corner, lost control and slid into the path of a Webber Energy Fuels truck carrying propane and driven by Stephen Grant, 60, of Rangeley, who was heading west and negotiating the same corner, Nichols said.

Rezendes was killed instantly, he said.

The driver of the truck tried to avoid the motorcycle but was unsuccessful, he said.

Rezendes was driving a 2007 Honda VTX.

Maine State Police Trooper Bernard Campbell of the commercial enforcement unit arrived shortly after the accident occurred.

Deputy Sandy Burke is the lead investigator at the scene and was assisted by Detective Ken Charles, an accident reconstructionist, and Deputy Walter Fails.

Sheriff’s Lt. David Rackliffe and Chief Deputy Steve Lowell were also at the scene overseeing the investigation.

An NorthStar EMS ambulance and Rangeley Fire Rescue units were at the scene to assist.

The road was closed down for several hours to properly reconstruct the scene.


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