KINGFIELD — A Quebec couple riding a motorcycle north on Route 27 were seriously injured Thursday when wind from a passing tractor-trailer truck caused the bike to drift onto the road shoulder and it was laid down, Maine State Police Trooper Scott Dalton said.

Michel Poitras, 48, and his wife, Manon Barbe, 41, of Sherbrooke, were riding a Honda Goldwing on Main Street near the Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union when the unidentified truck drove past them going south. The truck did not hit the bike, Dalton said, and he doesn’t think the truck driver was even aware of the incident.

“The problem is the motorcycle feels the wind and there is not much
room between the white line and the dirt shoulder,” Dalton said. 

The riders were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington by NorthStar Ambulance. Barbe was in stable condition Friday afternoon, a nursing supervisor said. Poitras was flown to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where a supervisor had no information for release.

Two other motorcyclists riding with the couple were not involved in the accident, Dalton said.

Along with NorthStar, Kingfield Fire Department responded to the scene and State Trooper Scott Stevens helped at the hospital, Dalton said.

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