Route 30 has been a dangerous spot as of late. In the same day, emergency responders were called twice to Route 30. The first was a motorcycle accident occurring near the intersection of East Street and the Hartford Turnpike. The second traffic incident involved a burning car on the other end of Route 30.
The burning car was not on the roadway and was quickly extinguished by firefighters. The motorcycle accident, on the other hand, was not as easily resolved. Police reported that the motorcyclist collided with another car, and the motorcyclist was taken to the hospital by helicopter. According to witnesses at the scene, the rider was thrown from the bike. His condition was not immediately available.
An accident reconstruction team was called to the site of the accident to investigate. The road was closed as the reconstruction took place. Shortly after the crash, police still lacked information on the cause of the accident. It was not clear whether or not a distracted driver triggered the events.
Motorcyclists, with their low profiles, are especially susceptible to drivers lacking focus. Drivers changing lanes often swipe motorcycles in their blind spot. Without a steel frame and airbags, even a minor collision can throw a rider from his bike. With nothing more than a helmet, catastrophic injuries are almost inevitable.
These injuries can have catastrophic effects on victims and their families. With a bread winner hung up with rehab and medical bills mounting, an accident can be debilitating on loved ones. As the New Year approaches, it is a good time to remember that accident victims can have a new lease on life.
Source: Vernon Patch, "Route 30 Closed After Car, Motorcycle Collide; Car Catches Fire Down the Road," Chris Dehnel, Dec. 4, 2012