PARIS – An Oxford man escaped serious injury Monday afternoon when his motorcycle and a van collided in front of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School on Route 26.

Raymond Lincoln, 56, of Beechwoods Road, Oxford, was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway Monday shortly after 2 p.m., when his 2002 Harley-Davidson was struck by a 2001 Dodge Caravan driven by Sharon Merrill of Yagger Road, Norway.

According to Lt. Michael Dailey, the accident occurred when Merrill was driving out of the high school entrance road and straight across Route 26 to the area of the Northeast Bank and struck the motorcycle that she believed was turning right into the school entrance.

“He came up Fair Street and he had his right directional activated. She thought he would make a turn into the high school,” Dailey said.

Instead, Lincoln continued to drive straight and the two vehicles collided. There was about $2,000 of front-end damage to the van and about $1,000 damage to the motorcycle, Dailey said.

Lincoln was conscious and talking when taken to the hospital with no visible injures.

Firefighters applied a drying agent to the road to contain some fluid spilled, and southbound traffic was diverted through the Northeast Bank parking lot and back onto Route 26.

No citations were expected to be issued, Dailey said. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.


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