MARLBORO, Vt. — A man and a woman suffered serious injures after the motorcycle they were riding crashed on Route 9 between the intersections of South Road and Church Hollow Road Sunday morning.
Aime J. Paquette, 60, of Lowell, Mass., who was driving the 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle, suffered broken ribs, and was taken by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, according to a news release from Vermont State Police Sunday afternoon.
Paquette’s passenger, Deborah Errico, 59, suffered a broken hip and pelvis, and was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., the release said.
Paquette and Errico were wearing helmets, police said.
Paquette was driving west on Route 9 around 11:45 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, according to the news release.
Paquette is an experienced rider, police said, but wasn’t able to correct his motorcycle as it came out of the curve.
The motorcycle drifted into the road’s shoulder, but Paquette couldn’t get it out of the shoulder because of the gravel, according to the release.
As a result, the motorcycle hit a guardrail, and the crash caused the vehicle to flip over, the release said.
Paquette and Errico were thrown from the motorcycle, police said.
Route 9 was closed for several hours following the crash, and reopened at about 3 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation by state police, the release said. Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Westminster Barracks at 802-254-2382.