Head-on collision in Hadley injuries one

  • A heavily damaged Honda Accord following a collision with a Mack Truck on Middle Street in Hadley Monday morning. Hadley Police Department

Staff Writer
Monday, September 19, 2022

HADLEY — An 18-year-old Wilbraham man suffered serious injuries after the 2007 Honda Accord he was driving collided head-on with a 1968 Mack dump truck near the intersection of Middle Street and North Lane on Monday morning, according to Hadley police.

The crash, at 10:47 a.m., left the car driver trapped inside the vehicle, though he was conscious and speaking to police officers, firefighters and Action Ambulance Service responders, police wrote in a post to the department’s Facebook page.

Extrication tools were used to remove him, and he was transported by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment, police said.

The 82-year-old man driving the dump truck, which was traveling south from Sunderland, was not injured, remained on the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

The accident resulted in Middle Street, which is also Route 47, being closed from the intersection with Newton Lane north to the intersection with Rocky Hill Road until nearly 2 p.m.

Police said a preliminary investigation showed that the car was heading north when it crossed the center line, leading to the collision in the southbound Middle Street lane between North Lane and Hadley Place.

Due to the severity of the injuries to the car driver, police requested the assistance of the Northwestern district attorney’s office, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, as well as State Police detectives attached to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.