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Cyclist seriously injured after pickup, bike collide on Bernardston Road Monday afternoon



Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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GREENFIELD — A crash Monday left a bicycle on the lawn and a pickup truck stopped in the road, front bumper looming over a line of adsorbent sand on Bernardston Road. A 72-year-old bicyclist was badly hurt in the collision, according to police.

Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon said the man, a Greenfield resident, sustained very serious and significant injuries and was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, and from there by helicopter to Baystate Medical Center’s trauma unit in Springfield.

Monday night, Gordon said the man was alive but seriously injured.

Police were not releasing the man’s identity and did not expect to Monday.

The crash occurred around 3 p.m. between Meineke Car Care Center and RMP Hair & Co., opposite the mouth of Long Avenue. At the scene, Gordon said the accident was still under investigation but reports indicated the bicyclist was in the road, direction of travel unknown, and the pickup collided with him.

A beige GMC crew cab pickup truck with Massachusetts plates remained in the middle of the south lane, a white Giant-brand mountain bicycle in the lawn by the side of the Meineke parking lot. The driver, a 62-year-old Greenfield woman, was not being charged with anything Monday, Gordon said. Gordon said the driver did not appear to be speeding or chemically impaired.

At nearby Cherry Rum Automotive, employee Mike DuPont said he saw the pickup hit the bicyclist. From his vantage point DuPont said it looked like the bicyclist was crossing from the area of Meineke, the side closest the southbound lane. DuPont and Bill Pease at Meineke, who looked out after the accident, said the man didn’t move after he was hit. Pease pointed to where the man’s water bottle was thrown many feet from the crash and across the street.

DuPont said the man was wearing a helmet.

The State Police accident reconstruction unit helped with the investigation, with the road reopening after 7 p.m.

Police closed Bernardston Road from Silver Street to Ferrante Avenue.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: 
ccurtis@recorder.com 
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257