Pair Of Motorcycle Crashes Result In Serious Injuries

HANOVER — Two motorcyclists suffered serious injuries in crashes Saturday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The first motorcyclist reportedly suffered “serious, life-threatening” injuries in a crash with a car in the town of Hanover. The Sheriff’s Office said the man, who was not immediately identified, was airlifted to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo after the crash, which occurred at about 1:40 p.m. on Route 39.

The driver of the car, also not identified, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for minor injuries.

Route 39 was closed to traffic due to the collision.

Members of the Forestville Fire Department responded to the scene, as did ALSTAR EMS, County EMS and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team.

The Sheriff’s Office said an update regarding the crash will be provided. An investigation remains ongoing.

Another motorcyclist, a 70-year-old man, was also airlifted to a Buffalo hospital for severe injuries suffered in a crash Saturday in the town of Pomfret.

The motorcyclist, who was not identified, was flown by Starflight helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center shortly after the crash around 3:45 p.m. on Route 20 at Lamberton Road.

The Sheriff’s Office said the motorcyclist became distracted by a group of motorcycles in the opposing lane and reportedly did not see a car in front of him stopping to turn left. The operator of the motorcycle braked, lost control and laid the motorcycle down in the road.

The man’s injuries were considered severe, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Deputies were assisted Saturday by the New York State Police and firefighters from Brocton and Fredonia. No further information was made available.