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Salem man dies in Atkinson motorcycle crash


One man was killed and a woman seriously injured in a motorcycle crash on Route 121, Main Street, late Saturday night.

State Police say a motorcycle driven by John Shivelhood, 51, of Salem, was traveling north when it swerved off the road and crashed between Maple and Sawyer avenues. The accident was less than a mile from Atkinson's border with Plaistow and the Massachusetts state line..

Shivelhood was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, Donna McMahon-Marcotte, 57, was seriously hurt and was taken to Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston for treatment.

Due to the crash, police restricted freedom of travel along a half-mile stretch of Main Street in Atkinson, between Sawyer and Maple avenues, for about five hours after the crash.

Police have asked that anyone with information about the crash contact Trooper Matthew Locke at (603)223-8490.

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