LEBANON — Rescue officials say a Lebanon man was spared from more serious injuries because he was wearing a helmet when he crashed his motorcycle on Depot Road early this morning.

Lebanon Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole said the man, who he did not identify, was found lying about 45 feet from his motorcycle when rescue crews arrived at the crash scene just after midnight.
A life flight helicopter was called to take the man to the hospital, but was unable to land because of heavy fog. The man was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

“Fortunately this was the fourth medical call in a short time that evening, so crews were still out from another call they had just cleared,” Cole said.

Cole said it is unknown how long the motorcycle rider was on the ground because there were no witnesses. The man was wearing a helmet and did not have a passenger.

“There was significant damage to the operator’s helmet and with being thrown from the motorcycle, I think it is very safe to say that the helmet probably saved his life, or significantly reduced his
incapacitating injuries,” Cole said. “(The) patient would have suffered more injuries if he was not wearing his helmet.”

The York County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.