Report: Massachusetts Crash Sends Eight Riders to Hospital
Reports out of New England say eight runners are hospitalized after crash in Massachusetts; Authorities say the accident was caused by a car driver who was under the influence. Below you can see the most recent update we have, at the time of writing:
The accident happened around 1 p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday May 29. Authorities say a 32-year-old man from Rhode Island was driving south on Route 10 through Northfield, Massachusetts, in an SUV towing a trailer carrying a motorcycle. The Northwest District Attorney’s Office said he drove through the double yellow and hit five motorcycles, sending eight riders (including passengers) to the hospital. The motorcyclists were part of a Connecticut-based riding club. Now these runners are in the hospital; two are in critical condition.
The prosecutor’s office says the driver was driving impaired. He is charged with seven counts of driving under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily harm, as well as a general charge of driving under the influence of drugs. He is also charged with driving an unregistered motor vehicle, driving a motor vehicle without a license and negligent driving of a motor vehicle. And, authorities say there were two children in the SUV at the time of the crash; they are unharmed, but it also resulted in two counts of child endangerment.
Remember, these are just charges at this point, as no one has been found guilty of anything by a court.
If you think this all sounds somewhat familiar, you’re right. In June 2019, seven bikers died after a massive collision in New Hampshire, allegedly caused by an under-the-influence truck driver towing a trailer. That incident sparked a massive overhaul of the region’s DOT programs, with hundreds of licenses suspended in the fallout. We certainly hope that this current incident doesn’t result in the same terrible tragedies as the crash of 2019, but if it results in more effective drink-driving enforcement, well, it looks like the region in needs. Three years after that 2019 crash, it still hasn’t been settled through a lawsuit, and despite that initial pressure, we’re in a similar situation again.