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At least three taken to hospital after three-vehicle crash at King Street and Bridge Road in Northampton

Traffic backs up on King Street near the intersection of Bridge Road in Northampton Monday after a three-car accident.
JERREY ROBERTS

Traffic backs up on King Street near the intersection of Bridge Road in Northampton Monday after a three-car accident. JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

NORTHAMPTON — At least three people were taken to area hospitals following a three-vehicle collision near the intersection of King Street and Bridge Road on Monday afternoon.

Police officers at the scene of the crash said four people were taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and a fifth was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. There were two people injured in each of two vehicles, and the fifth victim was in the third, police said.

Later Monday evening, Sgt. Alan Borowski said only three people had been injured. Borowski said the names and conditions of those injured were not expected to be released until Tuesday morning.

According to police, a vehicle traveling east on Bridge Road at a high rate of speed about 2:45 p.m. Monday did not appear to slow down as it approached the four-way intersection of King, North King streets and Damon and Bridge roads, said Sgt. Craig Kirouac.

That vehicle struck another stopped at the intersection, causing a chain-reaction crash that involved a third. All three vehicles ended up in the intersection, Kirouac said.

The cause of the accident is not known, Kirouac said, but an officer at the scene said mechanical failure may be a factor.

Portions of the road were blocked off and police diverted northbound traffic on King Street through the parking lot of the nearby Pride gasoline station while crews cleared the scene.

The road was reopened around 3:45 p.m.

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