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UPDATED: Driver thrown from motorcycle in Thomaston

By Kim Lincoln | Oct 19, 2013
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Melissa Robbins was taken by LifeFlight helicopter after being thrown from a motorcycle on Route 1 in Thomaston Oct. 19.

Thomaston — A woman was thrown from a motorcycle, landing about 30 feet down an embankment, at a busy intersection Oct. 19.

At about 11:30 a.m., Melissa Robbins, 40, of Spruce Head, was driving a 2002 Honda Spirit she borrowed from a friend on High Street. Witnesses told police as Robbins attempted to turn left onto New County Road, she suddenly accelerated, lost control of the bike, and crashed into the guardrail, according to information from the Knox County Sheriff's Office. The force of the crash threw her from the motorcycle, over the guardrail and down the embankment, police said.

She was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with a compound fracture to her right leg, police said. She was wearing a helmet.

Thomaston and Rockland Fire Departments responded to the scene as well Thomaston police and the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Rockland responded with high-end rescue equipment and used a 3 to 1 pulley system to hoist the woman up the embankment in a rescue basket, according to Thomaston Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Leo. The crew had to cut trees to clear the way, he said.

As of Oct. 21, Robbins was listed in fair condition at the Bangor hospital.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at

Rescue crews hoist a woman up an embankment after she fell about 30 feet after being thrown from the motorcycle she was driving Oct. 19 in Thomaston. (Courtesy of: Rockland Fire and EMS)
Rescue crews used a pulley system to hoist the driver of a motorcycle up an embankment Oct. 19 at the intersection of High Street and New County Road. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
The woman was airlifted by LifeFlight. The helicopter landed in the parking lot at Montpelier. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Melissa Robbins was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
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