UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two accidents involving motorcycles sent the bikes’ drivers to the hospital and caused major delays on Route 22 East Sunday afternoon.

First, Union police responded to an accident that occurred 2:50 p.m. in front of Boston Market. According to one driver involved, Michael Meza of Union, he was waiting to exit the Boston Market parking lot when another car attempted to pull into the exit. That car, driven by an unidentified driver, slowed, causing the motorcycle behind him to react.  

The driver of the motorcycle then hit the curb resulting in the motorcycle and driver flying over Meza's car. The unidentified driver of the motorcycle was injured and taken to University Hospital in Newark. No information on the driver's condition is yet available.  

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Not long after, according to a press release by the Mountainside Police Department, a second crash occurred 3:31 p.m. involving a 2003 Honda Pilot SUV and a 2010 Yamaha R-6 motorcycle.

Major Accident Investigation Team and officers from the patrol division investigated that crash, and the preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle, operated by a 26-year-old man from Ellensburg, Washington, struck the rear of the SUV, which was being operated by a 56-year-old man from Fanwood.

That motorcycle driver was ejected from the bike. He was transported via the New Jersey State Police medevac helicopter to University Hospital in Newark. The cause and circumstances of the crash are under investigation, according to Mountainside Police Chief Allan Attanasio.