Two Bikers Riding in Toy Run Killed in Crash on I-95 in Augusta
Maine State Police say two motorcyclists who were riding in a toy run were killed Sunday afternoon in a collision with a pickup truck on Interstate 95 in Augusta. Four other people were injured and transported to MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta.
The crash happened just after noon in the northbound lanes between exits 112 and 113, according to Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland. The bikes involved in the crash were part of several thousand motorcycles participating in the annual United Bikers Toy Run, which had just started out from the Augusta Civic Center.
State Troopers said four motorcycles were involved in the collision with the pickup, which ended up on its side in a ditch off the highway. One motorcyclist died at the scene and the other died shortly after arrival at the hospital, McCausland said.
Troopers said the two other motorcyclists injured and the two occupants of the pickup were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Augusta Fire Department ambulances were used to transport the injured to the hospital, which is a mile from the crash site.
Augusta Police, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority assisted with rerouting traffic off the Interstate, as a team of Troopers investigated the crash. The northbound lanes of I-95 were shut down for over two hours.
Augusta Police estimated less than a quarter of the 3,000 motorcycles involved in the toy run were ahead of the crash. The remaining motorcycles were detoured on outer Civic Center Drive, to make their way to the Windsor Fairgrounds.
Names of those involved in the crash are expected to be released after relatives have been notified. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.