Number of accidents over UMass graduation weekend

Staff Writer
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Several accidents, including two involving bicycles, occurred over the weekend in Amherst and Hadley, as additional traffic related to commencement at the University of Massachusetts was on the roads.

At 3:14 p.m. Friday, Hadley police officers and firefighters responded to the Norwottuck Rail Trail crossing at South Maple Street where a bicyclist failed to stop for a stop sign and ran into the driver’s side of a passing vehicle, according to a press release issued by Hadley Police Sgt. Mitchell Kuc.

The bicyclist suffered head and face lacerations and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.

In Amherst, another bicyclist was struck by a vehicle exiting a Main Street location at 11:59 a.m. Saturday. The bicyclist declined medical attention, said Detective Jamie Reardon.

That bicycle-vs.-car accident was one of 11 crashes in Amherst, including eight in which damage was either more than $1,000 or involved possible injuries to occupants.

At 7:44 p.m. Saturday in Amherst, an 18-year-old Hadley male driving on Bay Road went off the road into a utility pole, police said. He will be summoned to court on a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, Reardon said.

Another serious crash occurred at 12:11 p.m. Friday in Hadley near the Dunkin’ Donuts, 331 Russell St., when a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lane collided with another vehicle. No personal injuries were reported, but Kuc’s report states both vehicles were likely destroyed.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.