PALERMO — A Manchester woman was seriously injured Saturday afternoon, July 31, when the westbound tricycle-style motorcycle in which she was riding blew a tire on Route 3, crossed over the center line, collided with an eastbound compact SUV and flipped over. She was thrown onto the pavement.

According to a press release Monday, Aug. 2, from Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, the injured woman was Jean Weymouth, 73. She was flown by LifeFlight of Maine to Northern Light-EMMC in Bangor for treatment of serious injuries. Sheriff’s Deputy James Porter reported that the trike driver, 70-year-old Michael Weymouth of Winterport, and the driver and passenger of the 2018 Nissan Rogue were examined at the scene but were not taken to the hospital.

As of 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Jean Weymouth remained in serious condition at Northern Light-EMMC.

When Weymouth’s left rear tire failed shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, the press release said, it caused his trike “to pull left, across the passing lane and then across the center line” and into the path of a Nissan Rogue. The Nissan driver, 27-year-old Morgen Galloway of Northport, “took evasive action,” the press release said, but was unable to avoid the trike, which traveled across the eastbound lane, struck a guardrail and rolled over, coming to rest on its side.

Galloway’s passenger was identified as Justin Jones, 32, of Pittston.

The Sheriff’s Office said the apparent cause of the crash was mechanical failure (the trike’s tire). Neither of the trike’s occupants was wearing a helmet.

North East Mobile Health Services’ ambulance was first on the scene, with Porter and Delta Ambulance close behind. Porter is the primary investigator in the case; Maine State Police are reconstructing the crash. Palermo and Liberty Fire assisted at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. In response to a phone inquiry Monday afternoon from The Republican Journal, Northern Light-EMMC was unable to provide any information on Jean Weymouth’s condition.

This story will be updated.

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