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Amherst police searching for pickup truck involved in hit-and-run accident

Detective Sgt. David Knightly said the crash occurred at 7:02 p.m. at the intersection of East Pleasant Street and Eastman Lane, when the older model pickup truck, likely manufactured in the 1980s, first rear-ended one northbound vehicle, pushing it into a second vehicle.

The truck then backed up and hit the vehicle in front of it a second time before fleeing northbound, Knightly said.

Witnesses to the accident described the truck as either light green or white, with wooden rails along its bed and the word “America” embedded in either the front grille or bumper.

The force of the collision left an imprint of that word in the bumper of one of the damaged vehicles, Knightly said.

He said the driver is believed to be a white man, possibly with facial hair.

No injuries were reported at the scene and both damaged vehicles were driven from the scene.

Shelburne police dispatch was notified that the truck could be heading north toward Leverett, Shutesbury or Montague.

Knightly said Amherst police are contacting the University of Massachusetts Police, whose station is near the intersection, to see if surveillance cameras may have filmed the scene.

Anyone with information should call police detectives at 259-3015.

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