LITCHFIELD — A local man was airlifted to a Lewiston hospital Sunday after crashing his motorcycle on Route 197.

Thomas Fallon, 49, was taken by a Lifeflight of Maine helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center with what were believed to be serious but non life-threatening injuries, said Maine State Police Trooper Jason Madore.

“He was wearing a helmet,” Madore said. “That definitely saved his life.”

A CMMC spokeswoman said she could neither confirm nor deny that Fallon was a patient at the hospital.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m., Sunday as Fallon was driving his 2004 cruising-style Yamaha motorcycle east on Route 197. Fallon lost control of his motorcycle as he rounded a curve near the intersections of John Tarr and Dead River roads, Madore said. The motorcycle overturned, tossing Fallon to the ground.

“Speed was a factor,” Madore said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been a factor in the crash.

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