Eight people were injured Sunday, two seriously, when a man who was believed to be driving high veered into a group of motorcycles in western Massachusetts, authorities said.
According to the Northwest District Attorney’s Office, the driver was arrested at the scene with two children in his car. He faces charges of operating under the influence of drugs, operating to endanger, endangering children and operating without a license.
It was not immediately clear whether the man had obtained an attorney, and the district attorney said the man’s name was withheld at this time.
The crash happened around 1 p.m. on Route 10 at the Moody Street exit in Northfield, authorities said.
The man’s vehicle rammed five motorcycles, causing several serious injuries, according to state police. A medical helicopter transported some of the victims to area hospitals.
The district attorney said two people were in critical condition at UMass Hospital in Worcester.
The road was closed in both directions for a time after the accident, but has since reopened, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said.
The accident occurred in the middle of Memorial Day weekend, as New England experienced particularly fine weather on Sunday and several motorists and motorcyclists on the roads.
An investigation into Sunday’s crash is active and ongoing.