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Motorcycle crash shuts section of Route 202 in South Hadley

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. about a mile from the Granby town line. It reportedly involved a sedan and caused unknown injuries.

South Hadley police, who are investigating the crash, did not respond to multiple requests for details Tuesday night. Massachusetts State Police also could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Granby police said a patrol officer observed a motorcycle traveling south on West State Street (Route 202) toward South Hadley at a high speed at 5:22 p.m. The motorcyclist was clocked at around 70 mph, then increased to an estimated 100 mph after the officer turned on his lights and siren and attempted to pursue the motorcycle.

After the officer notified dispatch that the motorcycle was traveling at a high speed, Police Sgt. Gary Poehler, the supervising officer, immediately directed the patrol officer not to pursue the motorcyclist, according to the Granby Police Department.

“We do not pursue motorcycles when there’s a public safety issue and a safety issue to the rider,” Poehler said Tuesday night.

Poehler said even before the patrol officer could pull out behind the motorcyclist and attempt a traffic stop, “he was well out of sight.”

Granby police said the motorcycle crashed in South Hadley more than a mile from the town line and at least 1½ miles from where the Granby police officer last saw it.

Dan Crowley can be reached at dcrowley@gazettenet.com.

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