BEVERLY — State and local police are investigating a head-on collision that occurred Thursday morning between a motorcycle and a trash truck that left a 27-year-old rider injured and in the hospital.
The crash happened around 6:20 a.m. in the vicinity of the North Beverly Plaza, 50 Dodge St., said Officer Mike Boccuzzi, the department's spokesman.
The rider suffered injuries, but Boccuzzi said he was unable to provide further details about those injuries.
"As of right now, it's under investigation," he said of the crash.
An officer on patrol first saw the motorcycle run a red light on Cabot Street at about 6:20 a.m., according to a statement from Beverly police.
"Officers observed the motorcycle operator begin to negligently operate the motorcycle, passing vehicles and speeding. Officers attempted to pursue the motorcycle in an effort to identify the operator and initiate a motor vehicle stop. Due to the speed and operation of the motorcycle, officers terminated the pursuit," the statement said.
Not long after, the rider crossed lanes into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a trash truck stopped at a red light in the vicinity of the North Beverly Plaza, police said. The rider, a man whose name police are withholding at this time, was taken to Beverly Hospital and then transferred to Lahey Hospital Burlington. His condition was unknown as of Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after the crash, police Chief John LeLacheur tweeted: "There will be heavy delays on Dodge St. Rte. 1-A at The North Beverly Plaza due to a serious motor vehicle accident."
LeLacheur then tweeted, just after 10 a.m., that section of Route 1A was open again to traffic.
The State Police Accident Reconstruction Team, and State Police Truck Team responded, and are assisting with the investigation.