A West Enfield man was taken to the hospital in critical condition following a crash on the Bangor Road on Saturday. PHOTO BY CAITLIN WOOD

West Enfield man in critical condition after crash

ELLSWORTH — A 31-year-old West Enfield man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he was thrown off his motorcycle following a crash on the Bangor Road on Aug. 25, said Ellsworth Police Capt. Troy Bires.

According to a preliminary police report of the incident, a car driven by a 59-year-old Lamoine resident was heading north on Route 1A and stopped to turn left onto the Red Bridge Road early Saturday afternoon.

Two motorcycles following behind “didn’t notice the car stopped,” said Bires, and one hit the back of the car, causing the West Enfield man who was driving to be thrown from the motorcycle.

The man driving the second motorcycle, a 31-year-old man from Howland, slid and “laid the bike down,” Bires said.

The West Enfield man was taken by County Ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in critical condition, Bires said.

The Howland man suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured in the crash.

Neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, according to police.

The Ellsworth police and fire departments, Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

Traffic on 1A was reduced to one lane for about two hours following the crash, causing significant delays.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers 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. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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