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Ludlow motorcyclist seriously injured when hit by car

Route 202 in New Salem near the Shutesbury line was the scene of a crash between a motorcycle and a car Saturday evening.
Recorder/David Rainville

Route 202 in New Salem near the Shutesbury line was the scene of a crash between a motorcycle and a car Saturday evening. Recorder/David Rainville

NEW SALEM — A motorcycle driver from Ludlow was seriously injured in an accident with a car Saturday afternoon.

Donald Chartier, 62, of Ludlow, suffered multiple compound fractures to his arms and legs after being thrown from his motorcycle on Route 202, according to Trooper Robert Johnson. The rider was taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester by helicopter ambulance.

Johnson said hospital staff told state police that Chartier may have to have one of his legs amputated. His injuries were not considered to be life threatening, and he was conscious, alert and breathing when emergency responders arrived, according to Trooper Robert Canale, who assisted on-scene. The hospital did not update Chartier’s condition when asked Sunday.

The driver of a motorcycle behind Chartier’s was not injured, but was shaken up by witnessing the accident and was evaluated by emergency medical technicians, according to Canale.

The driver of the car, Caitlin Pallin, 21, of Manchester, was taken to Heywood Hospital in Gardner after complaining of neck pain, said Johnson. Canale said she was the sole occupant of the car. Pallin’s condition could not be confirmed Sunday by the hospital.

Canale said witnesses told him that her car, a small sedan, was northbound when it crossed the center line into the other lane, striking the southbound motorcycle. The accident occurred at about 4:40 p.m. near the Shutesbury town line.

The road was closed in both directions while patients were treated and the state police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and state police detectives investigated the crash. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The road reopened Saturday.

The New Salem Fire Department, state police and ambulances from Orange and Amherst responded to the accident.

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