A Bucksport motorcyclist was seriously injured Saturday in an Orland crash. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Route 1 crash leaves motorcyclist seriously injured



ORLAND — A Bucksport motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash on Route 1 in Orland on Saturday evening.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported that 29-year-old Gregory Farmer of Bucksport was hit by a car pulling out onto Route 1 at the top of the hill where the H.O.M.E. Co-op is located.

Farmer was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Police said he was being treated there for “serious, but non-life threatening injuries.”

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office said 17-year-old Hank Austin of Orland was driving his 2008 Audi on the Upper Falls Road in Orland around 5:45 p.m. Saturday when he came to the intersection with Route 1.

As he pulled out to turn left onto Route 1, police said, Austin thought two vehicles heading west on the highway (coming from the direction of Ellsworth) were both turning right onto the Upper Falls Road.

One of the vehicles, an unknown truck, did turn, but the second vehicle — a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle being driven by Farmer — did not. Police said Farmer locked up the brakes on the Yamaha “before laying the motorcycle down just before impact with Austin’s Audi.”

Deputy Dan Harlan of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigator for the crash. He was assisted at the scene by Lt. Corey Bagley, and deputies Jeff McFarland and Jake Day are working to reconstruct the crash. As of early Sunday morning, police said it remains under investigation.

Other agencies that responded to the scene Saturday evening included Bucksport Ambulance, Bucksport Fire Departnent, Maine State Police and the Orland Fire Department.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.