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Crash victim thrown off bike

Motorcyclist in  critical condition

DUBLIN — A Jaffrey man was airlifted to a Massachusetts hospital after his motorcycle crashed on Route 137 on Monday afternoon.

Wayne E. Phillips, 65, of Jaffrey was driving a 1983 Kawasaki motorcycle northbound when he lost control going around a corner near Goldmine Road, according to Dublin Police Chief Jim Letourneau. Phillips, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle.

“He came to rest in the center of the northbound lane,” Letourneau said. “Passing motorists blocked traffic until emergency crews arrived.”

Dublin Fire Chief Tom Vanderbilt said he came upon the accident shortly after it happened and called for Dublin rescue workers. A Peterborough ambulance took Phillips to a field off Route 101, where he was picked up by a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter and taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.

“He was conscious, but in a lot of pain,” Vanderbilt said.

On Wednesday, Phillips was listed in critical but stable condition, according to a UMass Medical spokesperson.

The accident is under investigation. Letourneau said the road was clear and speed does not appear to have been a factor.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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