An Albion man suffered serious injury but was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday after crashing his motorcycle on U.S. Route 202 in China in front of a Maine State Police trooper.

David Isbister, 53, lost control of his 2012 Honda motorcycle about 9:30 a.m. when he braked suddenly upon seeing Trooper Sarah Ferland’s state police vehicle, Ferland said.

Maine has had 28 motorcycle fatalities this year, the deadliest stretch in more than two decades.

The accident Thursday morning in China happened around 840 Lakeview Drive as Isbister traveled south.

“I witnessed it,” Ferland said. “I saw a motorcycle oncoming and he braked suddenly, started wobbling and lost control. He passed me with the motorcycle on top of him.”

Ferland said Isbister suffered serious injury from scraping against the road and was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where he was expected to be released later Thursday.

Ferland isn’t sure how fast Isbister was driving in the 50-mph zone, but it was at a “good clip,” and he braked too hard when he saw the police cruiser, she said.

No charges are expected and Ferland didn’t expect any further investigation into the crash.

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