Pedestrians struck by vehicle in Amherst treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Last modified: Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — The two pedestrians struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Main and South Pleasant streets Sunday afternoon were treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton later in the day, according to Amherst Police.

“They were injured, but were able to be released” Sunday, Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said Monday.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m., when a vehicle went over a curb and onto the Main Street sidewalk, pinning the two pedestrians against a large wooden box that holds a tree planted by the Amherst Business Improvement District last summer.

Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said both college-age women were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson. “They got banged up and bruised,” Nelson said.

Gundersen said the crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed against the driver.

The vehicle was impounded as part of the investigation, which is being handled by Amherst Police, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the the Northwest district attorney’s office and the MSP Colision and Accident Reconstruction Section.

Authorities have not identified the pedestrians who were hurt or the driver.

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