AUGUSTA — A Texas man was flown to the hospital Tuesday morning after crashing his motorcycle on the exit 109 ramp from Interstate 95.

Jesus Fuentes, 67, of Corpus Christi, Texas, was taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with broken bones and other injuries, said Maine State Police Trooper Joe Chretien. Fuentes was expected to survive.

The crash occurred around 9:15 a.m., as Fuentes was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson Electra Glide on the ramp. He failed to negotiate a sharp curve in the road.

“It doesn’t look like it was excessive speed,” Chretien said.

The motorcycle brushed the guard rail, throwing Fuentes to the road. The motorcycle continued down the ramp about 200 feet before coming to rest on the Interstate 95 overpass.

Augusta Rescue treated Fuentes at the crash scene and took him to the Turnpike Mall to meet the helicopter, which landed in the parking lot.

Police closed the section of the ramp for about 30 minutes to investigate the crash.

Chretien said Fuentes was riding with a friend, who had his own motorcycle. They were in the midst of a four corners tour, which takes in all four corners of the continental United States. Chretien said he was unsure what portion of the tour the men were on.

Fuentes was wearing a helmet and safety gear.

“That’s undoubtedly why he’s going to make it,” Chretien said.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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