January 27, 2023

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Motorcycle operator killed in Ludlow after bike hits pole, catches fire

LUDLOW — A motorcycle operator was killed after crashing into a utility pole Saturday night.

The bike burst into flames after the collision that occurred at about 10:20 p.m. on Miller Street near the intersection of Maria’s Way, Police Chief Daniel Valadas said.

When Ludlow Police responded to multiple reports of the crash, they found the bike engulfed in flames. Some officers immediately provided first aid to the operator while others worked to extinguish the flames, he said.

“I would like to commend all responding officers for their efforts at the scene of the crash, especially the off-duty Pelham Police Officer who assisted us,” Valadas said. “The first responding officers performed exemplary service by desperately trying to aid the operator. This was an extremely delicate situation as our officers had the added danger of working around potentially live wires and they did a great job in their response efforts.”

Ludlow Fire Department paramedics responded quickly and treated the victim, who died at the scene. Firefighters also worked to extinguish the fire, he said.

Police remained at the scene until 8:30 a.m. until Eversource technicians could replace the pole.

The Massachusetts State Police’s detective and crime scene units responded to the scene. The crash is currently under investigation by Ludlow Police and the Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s office.

The name of the victim is not being released until family members are notified. Further information about the crash will be released by Gulluni’s office, Valadas said.

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