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Car, Greenfield police cruiser crash at town intersection

  • A serious two-car accident between a Greenfield Police cruiser and a four-door Subaru sedan at the intersection of Sanderson and High streets shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday evening sent three people to the hospital including a police officer.  Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • A serious two-car accident between a Greenfield Police cruiser and a four door Subaru sedan at the intersection of Sanderson and High streets shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday evening sent three people to the hospital including a police officer.  Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • A serious two-car accident between a Greenfield Police cruiser and a four door Subaru sedan at the intersection of Sanderson and High streets shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday evening sent three people to the hospital including a police officer. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



For the Gazette
Monday, October 02, 2017

GREENFIELD — A two-car accident involving a Greenfield Police cruiser and a four-door Subaru sedan sent three people to the hospital Sunday evening, including a police officer.

The accident was described this way in a statement this morning by Mary Carey, communications director for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office: “The cruiser was traveling southbound toward the intersection of High and Sanderson streets near Franklin Medical Center, and the Subaru was traveling westbound on Sanderson Street, when the two vehicles collided, sending them off the roadway.”

Police responded to the crash shortly after 8 p.m. The intersection was strewn with glass and car parts as the Subaru came to rest in the front yard of 146 High St., just south of the intersection. The police cruiser, an SUV, ended up farther south on the same yard. A police officer was treated at the scene for an apparent head wound and was wheeled sitting upright on a stretcher to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center directly adjacent to the crash scene.

The passenger of the Subaru was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Greenfield Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians before being wheeled on a stretcher directly to the hospital. Witnesses at the scene said the driver of the Subaru was also removed from the vehicle and brought to the hospital.

Carey reported this morning that the two occupants of the Subaru were transferred to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and that the driver of the car is in critical condition.

Carey stated that the crash is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

Miranda Davis contributed to this report, and it was updated by Gazette staff Monday morning.