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Ryan O’Farrell, 32, of Westerly was traveling south in an SUV, which was pulling a motorcycle in a trailer, near 272 Main Street in Northfield around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, when he allegedly crossed over a solid yellow double center lane and hit five motorcycles heading north, the DA’s office said.
The nine motorcyclists, eight of which were taken to area medical centers, were part of Connecticut motorcycle club that left the Connecticut around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Two of the motorcyclists were critically injured in the crash and taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, the DA’s office said.
Two children, aged 11 and 12, who were in the SUV with O’Farrell were also taken to the hospital though they appeared to be uninjured.
O’Farrell was arrested on seven counts of operating under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily injury, operating under the influence of drugs, two counts of child endangerment, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
O’Farrell will be arraigned in Greenfield District Court Tuesday morning. He was held on $250,000 bail, according to the DA’s office. The crash is still under investigation.