Augusta Police Department to Change Practices Based on NTSB Recommendations

April 29, 2019

The Augusta Police Department says it’s going to follow “best practices” outlined by the National Transportation Safety Board in a report on a 2017 pileup during the United Bikers of Maine Toy Run.

The report said an unsafe maneuver by a motorcycle rider triggered the chain-reaction crash on Interstate 95 in Augusta. But it also said the police department and United Bikers failed to mitigate the risks of 3,000 motorcycles entering I-95 without “supplemental traffic control or state police oversight.”

Two motorcycle riders were killed and seven people hurt in the pileup in September 2017.

Augusta Police Chief Jared Mills said in a statement that the department will work on revising its procedures for handling such events in the future.

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