AUGUSTA — A pair of motorcyclists were airlifted to the hospital after their motorcycle crashed on Interstate 95 in Augusta on Monday.

Police said Patrick Daggett, 40, of New Sharon and passenger Rebecca Wallace, 42, of Jay suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The crash closed both lanes of Interstate 95 briefly while the motorcycle riders were flown from the scene.

State police responded to a motorcycle crash around 1:50 p.m. in the northbound lane on I-95 near mile marker 114 in Augusta, according to Shannon Moss, public information officer for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Daggett was operating his 2005 Harley when the motorcycle had a mechanical failure, according to Moss.

Daggett pulled over to the breakdown lane and lost control of the motorcycle. Both occupants were ejected when the Harley went off the road.

Both Daggett and Wallace were injured. Police said neither were wearing helmets.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Augusta Fire and Rescue.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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