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Accidents across the county on Saturday

  • Police respond to the scene of a one vehicle accident where a Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into a loading dock on the side of The Barn grocery store on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 on River Street in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Police respond to the scene of a one vehicle accident where a Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into a loading dock on the side of The Barn grocery store on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 on River Street in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Police respond to the scene of a one vehicle accident where a Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into a loading dock on the side of The Barn grocery store on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 on River Street in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Police respond to the scene of a one vehicle accident where a Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into a loading dock on the side of The Barn grocery store on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 on River Street in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • A one-car crash on Holtshire Road in Orange Saturday resulted in a damaged utility pole, but no injuries. Dec. 30, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Orange Fire Rescue EMS Facebook page. —Contributed photo



Recorder Staff
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Franklin County and the North Quabbin region saw a number of accidents Saturday, including one in Greenfield involving a car that narrowly avoided damaging The Barn grocery store.

According to Greenfield Police Patrolman Chris Rowell, the driver — who was later identified as Lisa Hall, 56, of Greenfield — was headed northwest on River Street in her orange Chevrolet Cobalt when she lost control and veered into The Barn’s parking lot. A metal bollard stopped the car before it hit the building itself.

“The way we were called in was for a car into a building,” Rowell explained.

Though Rowell did not release Hall’s name at the scene, he confirmed the driver, a Greenfield woman, was arrested. The police log associated with the accident provided Hall’s identifying information, and detailed she was arrested on charges of a marked lanes violation, speeding greater than reasonable, negligent operation of a vehicle and possessing an open container of alcohol in the car.

Thomas Tobey, who lives across the street from The Barn, said he was outside with his dogs when he witnessed the accident just before 1 p.m., saying that Hall went “full speed right off the road.” Tobey said he immediately reported the crash to police.

“I came over to see if she was OK,” Tobey said. “Nobody else saw it, I couldn’t believe it.”

Though both Tobey and Rowell said the driver struck her head, and both MedCare and a Greenfield Fire Department ambulance responded, she refused treatment.

When he initially approached the car, Tobey reported the driver hurriedly hid a half-full bottle of alcohol in the trunk, which police later removed.

Athol accidents

Meanwhile, in Athol, police were dealing with two crashes of their own. One person was taken by ambulance from a crash at the Route 2 westbound exit 18 off ramp, which occurred at around 12:30 p.m.

According to Massachusetts State Police Trooper William Christie of the Athol barracks, the accident involved a Toyota Corolla and a Nissan Frontier. The driver of the Frontier was unable to slow down and struck the Corolla, Christie said. The Frontier driver was cited for driving at an unreasonable speed given slippery road conditions.

Though there was one driver and two passengers in the Corolla, only one passenger was transported by an Athol Fire Department ambulance to Athol Hospital.

“It didn’t come in as anything severe, probably just to evaluate,” Christie said.

Both vehicles were towed.

Soon after at around 1 p.m., another accident occurred near the intersection of Main Street (Route 2A) and Pleasant Street. According to Dispatcher Jen Arsenault of the Athol Police Department, the crash involved a Jeep Liberty that slid off the road. There were no injuries.

Orange

Additionally, an accident on Holtshire Road in Orange led the road to be temporarily closed and then reduced to one lane of traffic, according to a post on the Orange Fire Rescue EMS’ Facebook page.

The crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Photos from the post indicate the incident appeared to have involved a black Subaru, which struck and snapped a utility pole.

The post reads that there were very slippery road conditions in the area, but that the driver was unharmed.