FREEPORT, Maine — An Augusta couple was taken to Maine Medical Center late Wednesday afternoon after their motorcycle crashed in traffic on Interstate 295.
Jonathan Blum, 24, and his passenger, Kayla Littlefield, 21, were ejected from the 2003 Harley-Davidson, according to Maine State Police Trooper Jon Russell.
Littlefield was listed in fair condition at the Portland hospital Wednesday night, a nursing supervisor said. Blum was still being evaluated as of 9:30 p.m.
Blum was headed north on I-295 at about 4:40 p.m. when he failed to stop fast enough in bottlenecking traffic, “locked up the rear tire, went into a side skid” and crashed, Russell said.
Blum landed in the northbound passing lane, and Littlefield landed in the grassy median.
Police believe both suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, which Russell attributed to their helmets.
“There’s no doubt that if they weren’t wearing helmets, this likely would have been a fatal crash,” he said.
Both northbound lanes of the highway were closed for about 30 minutes, and then one lane reopened for another half-hour before the area was cleared. Both lanes of southbound traffic also slowed, apparently to see the crash.
Northbound drivers were detoured onto Route 1 in Yarmouth, which slowed to a crawl as well.
Shortly after the motorcycle crash, three cars collided just south of the first crash, Russell said, although he had no information about that crash.