July 1, 2013



Local man in Boston hospital after crashing his motorcycle

A Berwick man remained hospitalized Sunday night at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after he lost control of his motorcycle Saturday on Guinea Road in Berwick.

Police Sgt. Jeff Scott said the hospital would not release the condition of Robert V. Cushing Jr., 46, only disclosing that he was a patient at the hospital.

Scott said Cushing was operating a 2005 Harley-Davidson on Guinea Road near James Way when he veered left, hit some dirt and lost control of the motorcycle.

Rescue crews responded to the single-vehicle crash around 3:30 p.m. Saturday and transported Cushing to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H. Cushing eventually had to be airlifted to Boston with head and shoulder injuries. He had not been wearing a helmet.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Scott said.


Mother, child hospitalized after two vehicles collide

A young mother and a 1-year-old child were transported to a local hospital after their car collided with another vehicle Sunday night near the entrance to the Lebanon House of Pizza on Carl Broggi Highway.

State Trooper Kyle Wells said 19-year-old Chastity Morton was attempting to make a turn from the southbound lane when her Dodge Stratus hit a northbound car operated by 18-year-old Eric Beaudoin of Rochester, N.H., around 6:25 p.m.

The force of the impact cut the child's face and caused Morton to complain of neck pain. Beaudoin and his two passengers did not suffer any injuries.

Wells said the child, Madison Finnegan, was properly restrained in a child seat at the time. Morton and Finnegan were transported by ambulance to Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, N.H. Their injuries did not appear to be serious.

Wells said he did not know why the two drivers did not see each other. The road, also known as Route 202, was shut down for about 15 minutes.

The accident remains under investigation.

Two crashes leave a vehicle in swamp, another in ditch

Two pre-dawn traffic accidents kept the town of Lebanon's Rescue Department busy Saturday.

Assistant Rescue Chief Jason Cole said the first crash was reported at 1:45 a.m. on the Carl Broggi Highway.

When Cole arrived, he found a 2006 Pontiac sedan that had rolled over into a swamp. Both occupants, assisted by other motorists, were able to get safely out of the car.

The 18-year-old male driver and a 16-year-old female passenger, both of Lebanon, were transported by ambulance to Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, N.H., where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, Cole said.

State Trooper Kyle Wells, who investigated the crash, said the 18-year-old appeared to have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Then around 3:25 a.m. Saturday, rescue personnel were called to Center Road, near Upper Cross Road, where they found a Ford F-150 pickup truck that had gone off the highway, hit a mailbox and landed in a ditch.

Emergency crews used a thermal imaging camera to make sure the driver, who had left the accident scene, was not nearby. Maine State Police said that some time after the accident, the driver notified police that his truck had been stolen.

Cole said the Center Road site has been the scene of several accidents this year, including a double fatal crash.


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