April 20, 2019

Truck-motorcycle crash hospitalizes Belfast man

BELFAST – A city man was hospitalized with multiple fractures after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a dump truck on Route 3 on Tuesday afternoon.

Shawn R. Bailey, 38, of Belmont Avenue was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by helicopter after the accident.

Police Chief Allen Weaver said Bailey suffered multiple breaks to his hands, legs and clavicle after being propelled 20 feet through the air when his 1975 Honda motorcycle struck the Ford dump truck.

Weaver said Bailey was not wearing a helmet. He was listed in serious condition at the hospital, the chief said Wednesday.

The accident occurred at 4 p.m. in front of the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Route 3. Bailey was heading east when he collided with the 1-ton dump truck towing a trailer load of sod.

The truck, driven by Richard L. Eaton, 54, of Waldoboro and owned by Farley & Sons Landscaping of Rockport, was headed west and was turning into the Hutchinson Center when the collision occurred.

Eaton told police he never saw the oncoming motorcycle. There is a dip in the highway a few hundred feet west of the center’s driveway and that may have obscured Eaton’s view of oncoming traffic.

Weaver said Eaton told investigating Officer Howard Dakin that another vehicle was pulling onto Route 3 from the Hutchinson Center at the time of the accident. The vehicle proceeded on without stopping and police were hopeful the driver would contact them. The accident remains under investigation.

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