SALISBURY — Amesbury Fire Rescue Chief Kenneth E. Berkenbush and Salisbury Fire Chief Scott Carrigan report that their respective departments responded on Friday afternoon to a serious crash on I-495 in which a sport style motorcycle struck a guardrail, causing serious injuries to the operator.
Rescuers responded to I-495 northbound at the Amesbury/Salisbury line at 4:16 p.m. for a reported motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, firefighters and medics found a single motorcycle had struck the guardrail off the roadway, ejecting the operator who was found nearby.
Due to the traumatic injuries suffered by the motorcycle operator, traffic was stopped on the highway so that a medical helicopter could be brought to the scene. The operator was airlifted to a Boston hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.
The operator of the motorcycle is described as an adult male, approximately 50 years old.
Atlantic Ambulance, Amesbury Police and the Massachusetts State Police responded to the scene. The Merrimac and Seabrook, N.H. Fire Departments covered Amesbury during the incident along with off-shift Amesbury firefighters who were called back to duty.
The incident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.