By Tim Badgley
Newcastle Fire Chief Clayton Huntley was first to arrive at the scene of a collision between a motorcycle and a Regional Rubbish Removal Inc. truck on Academy Hill Road, Newcastle, July 18. (Tim Badgley photo)
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A motorcycle traveling north on Academy Hill Road in Newcastle collided with a southbound garbage truck at approximately 3:15 p.m. July 18. No one was seriously injured.
George Cole, 20, of Newcastle, the driver of a 2001 Honda motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the the time of the accident and had no passengers.
According to Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Cole received abrasions and bruises on his body. Central Lincoln County Ambulance responding to the scene did not transport anyone.
Darren Bryant, 52, of Jefferson, operating a 1998 International Harvester garbage truck for Regional Rubbish Removal Inc., of Damariscotta was not injured.
Maker said, “the motorcycle was probably driving too fast and the trash truck failed to yield the right of way.”
Maker said the garbage truck crossed the center line into the northbound travel lane and up onto the sidewalk to pick up trash. Cole locked his brakes when trying to avoid hitting the truck and struck the garbage truck on the side.
First on the scene was Newcastle Fire Department Chief Clayton Huntley who coned off the scene of the accident and assisted in directing traffic on Academy Hill Road which was reduced to one lane.
The scene was cleared in little more than a half-hour and traffic on Academy Hill Road returned to normal.