Head-on crash near Coolidge Bridge injures 1, snarls traffic

  • Traffic is halted on the Coolidge Bridge due to an accident Monday night. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Firefighters clean up debris from an accident Monday night on the Coolidge Bridge. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A vehicle involved in an accident Monday night on the Coolidge Bridge is prepared for towing. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Saturday, October 14, 2017

HADLEY — A head-on collision between a pickup truck and a station wagon at the base of the Coolidge Bridge injured one driver and shut down the bridge for a time Monday evening.

Hadley Police Detective Jesse Green said police and firefighters were dispatched to the eastern edge of the bridge at 7:30 p.m. for the crash between the truck heading west and the sedan going east.

The 23-year-old Holden woman driving the car suffered unspecified injuries and was transported by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment, while the pickup driver was not injured, Green said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but Green said officers have a pretty good understanding of how it happened and are interviewing several witnesses.

During the 50-minute response and clearing of the scene, which included tow trucks removing the damaged vehicles, traffic was often at a standstill, Green said. Vehicles heading west toward Northampton were periodically stopped, while Northampton Police for a short time barred all eastbound traffic, causing long backups on the northbound Interstate 91 exit ramp for Route 9.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.