LEWISTON — A Readfield man died early Monday afternoon while attempting to pass an Almighty Waste recycling truck on Route 202 near Schott’s surplus military vehicle storage at the Lewiston-Greene town line.
According to police, Michael Busque, 59, was traveling east on Route 202 behind the recycling truck. Busque started to pass the truck as it was making a left turn into a cut-off between Route 202 and Daggett Hill Road and the two collided.
According to Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins, the Almighty Waste truck had just finished its recycling pickup on the eastbound side of Main Street in Lewiston and the driver was turning into the dirt lane to make his regular turnaround when the accident occurred.
Busque, who was operating his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, died at the scene, according to a news release from Sgt. Brian Smith of the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department.
The man was not wearing a helmet, according to a witness to the accident.
The Almighty Waste truck, a 2000 Mack truck, was operated by Nathaniel Greenwood, 31, of Auburn.
A portion of Route 202 was closed and traffic rerouted around the 12:10 p.m. accident. The road remained closed for hours as Maine State Police reconstructed the accident. According to Desjardins, police cleared the scene around 4:30 p.m., and the road was reopened to traffic.
Hours after the accident, the city of Lewiston posted a notice that recycling pickup on Outer Main Street would be delayed until Tuesday because of the accident.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department and Maine State Police were assisted by the Lewiston Police Department, the Greene Fire Department and United Ambulance Service. The crash remains under investigation.