“People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn’t move. You could tell people were lost who it happened too … It was a sad day for all of them.”
The cause of the crash is not yet known, but the driver was not injured despite his pick-up bursting into flame after impact.
Police have now charged the driver, 23-year-old Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy of West Springfield, Massachusetts, with seven counts of negligent homicide. He has previously had two drink-driving convictions.
His pick-up was apparently towing a long flat-bed trailer. It was not a support vehicle for the riders.
Apparently he pulled up on the wrong side of the road.
Our condolences to the riders’ families and friends.