WEST BATH – A Nobleboro couple was thrown from their motorcycle and transported to local hospitals after they came close to hitting a vehicle that was turning into an ice cream stand in West Bath Sunday night.

The motorcycle’s operator, Gerald Gifford and a passenger, his wife, Gayle Gifford, were traveling north on State Road when he slowed down in an attempt to avoid hitting a car that was making a right hand turn.

Corporal Ian Alexander of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office said that the couple’s 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle turned sideways when Gifford applied his brakes, throwing Gifford and his wife onto the ground. Both of them were wearing helmets. The motorcycle did not strike the car that had been turning.

Gerald Gifford, who was unconscious when police arrived just after 5 p.m., was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Alexander said Gifford was released from the hospital Sunday night. His wife was being treated at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.

Alexander said the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation, does not appear to be speed related. He said the cause was probably “driver inattention.”