|5 hurt in Monmouth motorcycle accident
Monday, September 12,2005
Five members of a family of motorcyclists taking part
in Sunday's annual Toy Run were injured in a chain-reaction crash about
12:30 p.m. on Route 202 in Monmouth.
Monmouth Police Chief Chuck Shaw said Sunday evening that he's still
investigating the accident. As a result, he said he couldn't yet provide
details on the drivers and riders.
Three were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston by ambulance,
The most seriously injured was a woman suffering from fractures to a leg and
Two others were treated at the crash scene by paramedics, Shaw said.
All are from the Sanford area. The family group included a grandfather,
father, mother, daughter and at least one friend. They were traveling in a
group of six bikes, Shaw said.
The chief said the crash happened near the crest of a hill beyond Highmoor
Farm. By preplanning, Shaw along with an ambulance and its crew were
stationed at that point, the chief said. As a result, response was
immediate, although eventually ambulances from Winthrop and Lewiston also
Shaw said the accident happened when the lead driver in the group slowed as
he returned waves to spectators lining the road. A woman riding a bike
behind him wasn't able to brake quickly enough to avoid a collision, so
instead she "laid her bike down," Shaw said.
Three of the four bikes in the group that were following her ended up on
their sides as well as drivers and riders attempted to avoid directly
hitting the bikes and people in front of them.
"They weren't going very fast," Shaw said, and that helped to reduce the
extent of injuries.
Ric Dodge, one of the organizers of the United Bikers of Maine Toy Run, said
Sunday night that as a far as he knows, the Monmouth crash was the only one
that happened Sunday.
Dodge estimated that 14,000 bikes carrying 20,000 people took part in the
24th annual Toy Run.
"One a ccident out of that many bikes isn't bad, considering," Dodge said.
He quickly added that United Bikers puts an emphasis on safety.
"Riding in a pack is not something for rookies,"