EAST WILTON – Two people were seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a van at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. Route 2 midday on Saturday.
Police say the van’s driver Frank Cook, 23, of Ohio, was traveling south on Main Street and stopped at the intersection. At the same time a large truck was turning right onto Main Street to pass by Cook’s 2007 Ford Econoline van at the stop sign, said Officer Steve Brown of the Wilton Police Department. Cook said he looked both ways and, not seeing any traffic, pulled out across Route 2 to make a left turn just as Ronald Anderson, 50, of Sanford, who was operating a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling south on Route 2 and crossing the intersection.
The motorcycle crashed head on into the side of the van in the intersection. Anderson and his passenger, Dorothy Estes, 46, of Farmington, were seriously injured. Anderson received head injuries and possible broken bones, while Estes suffered chest injuries and several fractures.
Brown noted that neither Anderson nor Estes was wearing a bike helmet. Both were transported by NorthStar ambulance services to Franklin Memorial Hospital where they were transferred via a LifeFlight medical helicopter, Anderson to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and Estes to Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Officer Brown said speed was not a factor in the crash and the investigation is continuing. Assisting at the scene were Lt. Richard Caton IV and the Wilton Fire Department. Traffic was blocked and re-routed for several hours as investigators worked the scene.
As of Sunday night, Anderson was listed in satisfactory condition, according to a nursing supervisor at CMMC.