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State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Florida

Update May 3 at 3:05 p.m.: The motorcyclist has been identified as Lucienne Montgomery, 26, of Nashua, N.H. She was originally identified as being from Clinton, Mass. The article has been updated to correct that.
 
FLORIDA, Mass. — A 26-year-old woman from Nashua, N.H., was killed Saturday afternoon when she was thrown from her motorcycle on Route 2. 
 
State police from the Cheshire barracks responded to the scene at about 3:45 p.m. 
 
Preliminary investigation indicates the woman was operating a 2009 Harley Davidson XL 883 motorcycle eastbound when, for reasons still under investigation, she lost control after navigating a sharp curve near the 22-mile marker. The motorcycle then struck a guardrail ejecting the operator. The woman was determined deceased at the scene.
 
The name of the victim will not be released at this time. The crash remains under investigation with assistance from the Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, and Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were assisted on scene by the state Department of Transportation
     

Three Injured in Florida Plane Crash

FLORIDA, Mass. — Three people were injured when a small plane crashed in a wooded area off Church Street on Friday evening. 
 
According to state police, the plane was located at about 6:50 p.m. by state police patrols, the Florida Fire Department and Northern Berkshire EMS. Two adults and a teenager were taken to Berkshire Medical Center with minor injuries; a dog in the plane was unharmed. 
 
Authorities say the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing at Harriman & West Airport in North Adams when airport personnel lost contact with shortly before the crash. 
 
The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Authority and the Massachusetts Aeronautics division.
     

Vermont Driver Slams Into Parked Conversion Van

Staff Reports

The Grand Cherokee, right, just missed another parked car.
FLORIDA, Mass. — An errant driver set off a chain reaction when a late model Grand Cherokee knocked a camper van into garage. The report initially came in as a car into a building at 60 Mohawk Trail.
 
The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday when the westbound Jeep crossed into the eastbound lane and across a lawn to slam into the passenger side of the converted Chevrolet camper van. The collision knocked the back end of the parked van into the outside corner of the garage. It just missed another vehicle parked in the driveway.
 
The driver of the Jeep did not appear to have significantly slowed or applied the brakes because there were no skid marks or damage to the lawn. He was the only occupant in the Jeep, which is registered in Vermont.
 
No one was injured in the accident but the driver was taken to the hospital by North Adams Ambulance as a precaution. The Cherokee's airbags went off and it incurred significant front-end damage. It was not clear how damaged the van or the garage were. 
 
The incident is under investigation by state police who said there was nothing "suspicious" about the collision. Also responding was the Florida Fire Department and North Adams Police. 
     

Thieves Steal Scenic Viewers From Eastern Summit

An image of the viewers at the Eastern Summit, the empty decking and an image of a similar viewer provided by state police.

FLORIDA, Mass.  — State Police are investigating the theft of two scenic viewers that were stolen from the Eastern Summit on Route 2.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Talitha McCarthy-Johnson indicates that two commercial binocular units, which were located next to the Eastern Summit Gift Shop, were cut from their platform and taken sometime between Feb. 27 and March 7.
 
The two binoculars, manufactured by Tower Optical, are constructed of bronze and cast iron and weigh approximately 305 pounds each. These binoculars are considered collectibles, given the relatively low number manufactured.
 
If you have any information relative to the whereabouts of these items, contact the State Police Barracks in Cheshire at 413-743-4700.
     

Three-Car Accident Closes Mohawk Trail

Staff Reports
iBerkshires

FLORIDA, Mass. — A three-vehicle accident involving a state police cruiser closed Route 2 for nearly two hours on Thursday morning. No one was seriously injured.

The accident occurred at about 7:18 a.m. on the Mohawk Trail near the Savoy line, according to David Procopio, state police director of media communications, when an eastbound dump truck crossed the center line and hit a westbound 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup towing a Bobcat on a trailer.

"A trooper from the Shelburne Falls barracks was behind the trailer with the Bobcat," said Procopio. It was not clear at this time whether the cruiser collided with the trailer or was struck by one of the trucks.

He said the preliminary investigation is pointing to a possible stuck accelerator on the 2014 Ford dump truck; the driver was trying to unstick it when he lost control and veered over the center line.

Procopio said it was not clear at this time whether the cruiser collided with the trailer or one of the trucks.

The trooper was taken to Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield with minor injuries. He is reportedly conscious and alert.

The driver of the dump truck, a 23-year-old man from Turners Falls also incurred minor injuries and was take to the North Adams campus of Berkshire Medical Center. The driver of the pickup, a 40-year-old man from Erving was not injured.

The highway was reopened by 9:30 a.m.

     
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