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State Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash on 495 in Milford

All lanes were reopened after a 9-mile backup Monday afternoon.

Credit: WHDH/7News
Credit: WHDH/7News

Editor's Note: This article has been updated with new information after a fatal motorcycle accident caused a nine-mile backup on the highway Monday.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred on Rte. I-495 in Milford Monday afternoon. 

The operator of a 2010 Harley Davidson, 51-year-old man from Weare, New Hampshire, reportedly lost control of the motorcycle while on the highway Monday afternoon and came to rest in the middle travel lane, State Police said in a statement Monday

The operator was transported from the scene to Milford Medical Center by the Milford Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service crews; the man was determined to be deceased as a result of his injuries, State Police said. 

All lanes were reopened on the highway before 6 p.m. Monday after an initial nine-mile backup

The accident occurred on the southbound side of the highway near Exit 19 (Rte. 109) in Milford, police said. 

Troopers from the State Police Millbury Barracks are investigating the incident. 

Andie June 05, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Even if this guy was wearing a helmet it doesn't look like it would of saved him anyway. Drs don't call them "donorcycles" for nothing. We know the chances we take when we ride. With or w/o a helmet. BTW..it's not just the riders. It's also the cars that have no respect for bikes that cause accidents also.
Sharon Inglis June 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Commenters: Please remember that this man was someone's loved one and I happen to know a family member of his. Why post something that is critical of motorcycle riders when someone has just died in a terrible accident? Do not assume anything about him because you do not know him. Accidents can happen when no one has done anything wrong. Would you want people to comment in this way if he were your husband or son or father or brother?
RONALD M GOLDWYN June 11, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Ms Inglis, I share your pain, but I must use that pain to influence other bikers. It is more likely that a vehicle that's involved in an accident and one is a two wheeled vehicle, itwill come out second best. Even if the accident involves no one else, the biker is still more likely to come out the loser. This is why I advocate for helmets to be worn. This simple act may or may not save a life, but it sure can't hurt. I am constantly reminded of the line in "Man of LaMancha" where Poncho says "Whether the pitcher hits the rock, or the rock hits the pitcher, it is going to be bad for the pitcher. No biker expects to be involved in an accident, but they must drive with that thought in mind and those they may leave behind.
BJ June 23, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I think this happened in New Milford, unless I495 has been rerouted.
Tom S June 23, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I think you are on the wrong Milford patch, BJ. This one is in MA, not in CT.

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