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Motorcycle and car collide amidst construction traffic on Main Street in Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — Police and EMS personnel responded to a call about a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Main and Mill streets.

At about 3:15, EMS arrived at the scene of the accident where the bike belonging to motorcyclist Bob Campagna lay underneath the car belonging to Louise Ouellette. The vehicle’s windshield was broken and the front fender of the bike prevented the wheel from rotating.

Campagna told police that he was attempting to pass several vehicles on the left on Main Street to avoid traffic backed up by construction. He was headed west when Ouellette made a left turn from Mill Street onto Main Street and the vehicles collided. Police said other cars had stopped to allow Ouellette to turn left.

Campagna was wearing a helmet when they collided and went flying into the windshield of Ouellette’s vehicle.

Madawaska EMS personnel prepare to transport Louise Ouellette to a hospital Thursday afternoon following a collision between her car and a motorcycle on Main Street in Madawaska. (Morgan Mitchell)

“I asked her if it was my helmet that cracked her windshield,” Campagna said. “She told me no, that it was my butt.”

Campagna said when he saw Ouellette’s car, he tried to swerve.

“It was a freak accident,” said Campagna, who suffered a cut to his left hand but refused medical services.

Ouellette was driving the car with passenger Karen Gendreau and two small dogs. Gendreau and the dogs were OK, according to Gendreau. However, members of the Madawaska Ambulance Service transported Ouellette to the hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries.

“There is a lot of construction on Main Street and people are looking to take side streets to get around faster,” said Madawaska Police Sgt. Matthew Derosier. “But that’s not always a good idea.”

The investigation of the crash is still ongoing.

Follow Morgan Mitchell on Twitter @TheMaineMorgan

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