SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A South Carolina man was critically injured Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on a bridge onramp, according to police.

The 39-year-old man, whom police are not identifying, allegedly tried to pass several cars on the onramp to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, South Portland police Lt. Frank Clark said Friday.

The biker, who was not wearing a helmet, had tried to pass the vehicles in the breakdown lane, the lieutenant said.

The motorcycle dragged along a guardrail for about 100 feet before the man was thrown and landed on the Interstate 295 onramp, Clark said. The Veterans Memorial Bridge runs parallel to the freeway.

A Maine State Police reconstruction team was called in to investigate, Clark said, and police have not ruled out speed or alcohol as factors.

The man remains in critical condition at Maine Medical Center on Friday morning, according to Clark.

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