What happened in East Longmeadow today? East Longmeadow is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, with a population of about 16,000 people. The town is known for its annual Fourth of July Parade, its Rotary Club, and its apple orchards. Today, the town witnessed a tragic event that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.
Deadly crash involving motorcycle and two cars
According to WWLP1, a local news station, a crash involving a motorcycle and two cars closed two major roadways to traffic in East Longmeadow this morning. The crash occurred at Somers Road (Route 83) and Pease Road around 8:30 a.m.
East Longmeadow Police Chief Williams told 22News that a motorcyclist has died after a crash involving two other vehicles. The identity of the victim has not been released yet. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The accident reconstruction team was called in to examine the scene. Somers Road was closed to through traffic between Hampden Road and Meadowbrook Road, while Pease Road was closed to through traffic from Prospect Street (Route 186) to Somers Road. All roads have since been reopened.
Community reaction and condolences
The crash has shocked and saddened the community of East Longmeadow, as well as the neighboring towns. Many people have expressed their condolences and prayers for the victim and their family on social media.
Neal Normandin, one of the owners of The Apple Place, which was right near where the crash happened, said: “Just a lot of commotion, lot of sirens. We heard the ambulance leave very quickly. One of the brother’s of the deceased came out and was pretty distraught. It’s just been a very sad scene.”1
The East Longmeadow Police Department posted on Facebook: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the motorcyclist who lost his life this morning in a tragic accident on Somers Road.”2
The East Longmeadow Fire Department also posted on Facebook: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the motorcyclist involved in this morning’s accident. We would also like to thank all of the mutual aid agencies that assisted us on scene.”
Safety tips for motorists and motorcyclists
The crash serves as a reminder of the importance of safety and caution on the roads, especially for motorists and motorcyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
Some of the safety tips for motorists and motorcyclists are:
- Always wear a helmet and protective gear when riding a motorcycle.
- Always obey the speed limit and traffic laws when driving or riding.
- Always check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes or turning.
- Always signal your intentions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and potential hazards.
- Always avoid distractions such as texting, talking, or eating while driving or riding.
- Always avoid driving or riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
By following these tips, we can all help prevent accidents and save lives on the roads.