AMHERST, NY (WKBW) - At least two people are dead after multiple motorcycles crashed while traveling east on Interstate 290 Tuesday night.
The incident happened shortly after 10p.m., closing the I-290 east between Niagara Falls Boulevard and I-990 in Amherst for several hours.
The highway re-opened at 5:10a.m. Wednesday.
Captain Patrick McKenna of the Amherst Police told Eyewitness News that up to 10 motorcycles were traveling in the group. Police say the motorcycle riders entered the I-290 at Delaware Road. Officers are still investigating what caused two of the bikes to crash after being called to the scene at around 10:21p.m. North Bailey Fire Department and Twin City Ambulance also assisted.
Witnesses, including a New York State Trooper who radioed Amherst Police, say the bikes were traveling at a high rate of speed, estimated at over 100 mph, when the incident happened. The driver of one bike was then reportedly struck by a tractor-trailer.
One victim, Jose Amaro, 29 of Lackawanna, was operating a 2008 Suzuki with a passenger, Tori M Aceti, 21 of Niagara Falls. She is listed in stable condition at the time of this posting.
The second victim is identified as Richard M. Caramazza, 27, of Amherst. He was operating a 2009 Suzuki.
The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The four other riders that were in the group are being questioned by Amherst Police. No charges have been filed at this time.
Lt. John Olesko and Senior Investigators Brian Walsh, Todd Homberger, Kelly Seier and Robert McMahon are continuing the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Amherst Police at 689-1311.
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