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Car vs. motorcycle crash closes Arrigoni Bridge

Life Star helicopter was called to transport cyclist after head-on collision.
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A head-on crash between a car and motorcycle on the Middletown side of the Arrigoni Bridge closed the bridge to traffic on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Life Star helicopter was called to transport the cyclist.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Police are investigating after a motorcycle and car crashed head-on on the Arrigoni Bridge between Portland and Middletown Sunday. The crash closed the bridge for hours. 

Police say the motorcycle was traveling east towards Portland and collided with a car traveling west about 1:45 p.m. The collision happened on the Middletown side of the bridge, which is currently under construction that reduces traffic to one lane in each direction. 

Life Star helicopter landed on the Portland side of the bridge and transported the cyclist for life-threatening injuries. 

Middletown Police said, "The operator of a 2007 Yamaha YZFR1 motorcycle was traveling east on the Arrigoni Bridge when it crossed the center line and struck a Volvo XC90 traveling west on the Arrigoni Bridge.  The operator of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries due to the crash and was transported to Hartford Hospital via Life Star where he remains in critical condition. The operator of the Volvo suffered minor injuries."

An accident reconstruction team was called to the scene. The bridge was closed for over 2 hours, but was open to traffic again by 5 p.m.

This is a developing story; we'll have the latest on the FOX61 News at 10 and 11 p.m.

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PORTLAND, Conn. - Life Star helicopter awaits to transport a victim from a crash on the Arrigoni Bridge, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.