ACTON, Maine - A Barrington couple suffered serious injuries on Saturday when the motorcycle they were riding with a small group of other motorcyclists crashed in Acton, Maine.
The crash involved three of five motorcycles that were traveling together and occurred around 7 p.m. as they headed south on Route 109.
According to an initial investigation, the Strafford County Sheriff's Office said it appears Jared Russell, 41, of Barrington, N.H., and his wife, Jennifer, 43, a passenger, were behind two other motorcycles, when Jared Russell appeared to reposition his motorcycle to be either abreast or in front of them, which led to the crash, causing all three bikes to go down.
None of the motorcyclists or their passengers were wearing helmets.
Jared Russell was transported by Lifeflight of Maine to Maine Medical Center with what appeared to be serious head injuries. His wife was transported first to Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford and later transferred to Maine Med, also for serious head injuries. Both are listed in serious condition today, according to a Maine Med spokesman.
The other motorcyclists involved in the crash were Robert Welch, 41, of Exeter, N.H., who was riding his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle with Brenda Clevesy, 47, of Haverhill, Mass. as a passenger; and Mark Driscoll, 56 of Hampton, N.H., who was riding his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle alone.
Welch and Clevesy were treated at the scene and released, while Driscoll refused treatment at the scene but later reported to seek medical treatment on his own.
Driscoll was able to drive his motorcycle from the scene but the Welch and Russell motorcycles were towed.
Route 109 was closed until around 10:30 p.m.
In addition to Acton Fire and Rescue, Sanford, Shapleigh and Newfield Rescue Units responded.