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Gateway Regional School Committee Member Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Car-Accident-Motorcycle2CUMMINGTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Gateway Regional School Committee member Brian Miller has been identified as the motorcyclist who died after crashing in Cummington on Monday.

He was 55-years-old.

According to Police Chief Dennis Forgea, Miller who’s from Middlefield, was traveling on Route 9 in Cummington Monday at around 3:15 in the afternoon when he crashed.

Chief Forgea says he was ejected from the bike and was found down a steep 40 foot embankment by the Westfield River in critical condition.

While emergency personnel were responding to the scene, a number of bystanders stopped by to help after seeing the motorcycle laying on the side of the road.

Chief Forgea says Life Flight was called in but they couldn’t fly out because of the weather, so a Goshen ambulance came to provide mutual aid.

Both the emergency responders and the bystanders helped bring Brian up the steep embankment to the waiting ambulance.  Chief Forgea says they couldn’t have done it without the help of the people who had stopped, and he is grateful they were there.

After getting Brian out he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police aren’t sure what caused him to crash, but both the State Police and the Cummington Police Department continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this accident.

ABC40 confirmed that Brian Miller was a member of the Gateway Regional School Committee with Committee Vice-Chair Anne-Marie Buikus.


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