A motorcyclist was injured Sunday when his bike hit a dog on Route 126 in Wales.

James Batty, 53, suffered what were believed to be minor injuries in the crash, said Maine State Police Trooper Nathan Jamo.

The impact killed the dog, Jamo said.

The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday as Batty drove west on Route 126 on his 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The dog ran into the road in front of Batty’s bike, which hit the dog and turned over, ejecting Batty in the process. Batty, who was not wearing a helmet, hit his head, Jamo said. He said Batty was fortunate he didn’t suffer more serious injuries.

“He was able to slow down” before hitting the dog, Jamo said.

Batty was taken by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

The motorcycle sustained minor damage, Jamo said.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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