OXFORD — A motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital after smashing head-first into a car ahead of him Monday afternoon on Route 26. 

Oxford police officer Daniel Hastings said Michael Rawding, 51, of Gorham was traveling south on Route 26 when his motorcycle struck a stopped vehicle ahead of him at the traffic light in front of Wal-Mart.

Police said Rawding collected himself, moved the motorcycle to the side of the road and collapsed. He was not wearing a helmet, Hastings said. 

Rawding was transported by ambulance to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway with a gash to the head and a broken hand. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

There was no significant damage to the car.  

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