At approximately 4 p.m. today Troopers assigned to State Police-Athol responded to reports of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Route 2 eastbound at mile marker 75 in Athol. Upon the arrival of Troopers, the operator of the 2002 Honda Motorcycle was discovered to be deceased after suffering serious injuries sustained during the crash. The operator is identified as a 25-year-old male from Athol.

The exact cause and circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Franklin County. MassDOT, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Athol Police and Athol Fire also responded to the scene and rendered assistance. All lanes of Route 2 were closed in order to facilitate crash scene reconstruction and investigation. All lanes of Route 2 were reopened at 9:50 p.m. No further information is available at this time.