LEBANON — A 50-year-old man was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle after hitting sand on the shoulder of River Road.

The crash happened around 7 p.m., and the Lebanon Rescue Department said the man was headed north on River Road when his 2008 Harley Davidson Fatboy hit the sand on the shoulder. The motorcycle then hit a tree and the motorcycle skidded on its side.

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The operator, who was not identified, was thrown about 10 to 15 feet from the motorcycle, the Rescue Department release said. He was wearing a helmet and was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H., with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

River Road was closed for about a half hour while crews responded to the crash. Maine State Police are investigating the incident.