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Northfield motorcycle accident victim  in serious but stable condition

NORTHFIELD — A Vermont motorcyclist who crashed his motorcycle on Route 142 Sunday was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday, according to police and the hospital.

Northfield Police Chief Leonard Crossman Jr. identified the man as William Lyon, 49, of 92 Laurel Ledges, Vernon, Vt.

Lyon apparently crashed after passing a speed trap.

“One of our officers was on patrol and observed him going by him at a high rate of speed, the officer pulled out behind him without attempting to initiate a stop, (and the) guy accelerated,” Crossman said.

The officer lost sight of him, then came upon the motorcycle crashed in the road about half a mile farther north, Crossman said.

Lyon was traveling at 62 miles per hour on a section of road limited to 35 mph according to Crossman, and the accident occurred on a curve shortly after 5 p.m.

Lyon was transported by Northfield Ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, according to Northfield Fire Chief Floyd Dunnell III.

From there, Lyon was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon according to a hospital representative.

Crossman said the crash is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police accident reconstruction unit and no motor vehicle citations have been issued.

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