Amherst Motorcycle Crash on I-290 Ends with Double Fatality
June 10th, 2011|
June 10, 2011
Two men died Tuesday night in an Amherst, New York, accident that involved multiple motorcycles on I-290 at the Niagra Falls Boulevard exit.
The victims were reportedly riding with a cluster of nine or 10 other motorcyclists just before the accident.
During the accident, two drivers lost control of their motorcycles. One motorcycle slid under a tractor trailer, according to BuffaloNews.com. The 29-year-old driver died, but a 21-year-old female passenger miraculously survived. She was taken to ECMC and is listed in stable condition.
Another motorcyclist, aged 27, also died in the crash.
Police told WGRZ.com that the motorcyclists were traveling at an extremely high rate of speed; one state trooper clocked them at more than 120 miles per hour.
Amherst Police Capt. Patrick M. McKenna told BuffaloNews.com that speed was likely the main cause of the crash.
“The trooper flipped his lights on but turned them off when a few of the bikes pulled away,” said McKenna. “He realized they were going way too fast, and he was not about to engage them. He used very good judgment.”
Police took four people to the Amherst Police Department for questioning.