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A motorcyclist and his female passenger suffered serious injuries in Derry Monday when their motorcycle crossed into the opposite lane and they were thrown into the windshield and hood of an oncoming car. (COURTESY)

Motorcyclist, passenger seriously hurt in Derry crash


A motorcyclist and his female passenger suffered serious injuries in Derry Monday when their motorcycle crossed into the opposite lane and they were thrown into the windshield and hood of an oncoming car.

The motorcycle was traveling north on Old Auburn Road when it struck the car, which was heading west on Route 102 about 12:30 p.m. Derry Fire Battalion Chief Jack Webb said in a statement.

The 70-year-old driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious orthopedic injuries and a head injury, according to Webb. He went to Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

His 64-year-old female passenger, who was wearing a helmet, also suffered serious orthopedic, internal and head injuries, Webb said. The force of the impact with the car visibly damaged her helmet and “directly contributed to saving her life,” Webb said in the statement.

She went to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, then was flown by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center.

The driver and passenger of the car, both teenage females, went to Parkland Medical Center with minor injuries.

The names of the injured were not immediately available.

Derry police are investigating.

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