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Snowfall send cars off roads

EERFIELD — A steady snowfall throughout Saturday sent many vehicles slipping and sliding off the roads across Franklin County.

Throughout much of the day Saturday, a snow blanketed much of Franklin County due to a low-pressure system moving into the region. At 4:10 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester and Middlesex counties until 7 p.m., warning motorists of snow-covered roads and slow and treacherous traffic. The weather service predicted snow accumulation of about two to five inches with snowfall tapering off at about 8 p.m.

Throughout the region, police reported minor weather-related accidents.

At 4:33 p.m., a vehicle driving on North Main Street in South Deerfield slid into a maple tree at the Bloody Brook corner after driving too fast on the slick roads, heavily damaging the car.

The two individuals in the SUV were wearing safety belts at the time on the one-car crash and the air bags deployed.

The two people suffered possible minor injuries and were transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center by Deerfield Ambulance, according to Deerfield Police. South Deerfield Fire Department also assisted and Koch’s Automotive Inc. of Greenfield removed the vehicle.

Later, at 5:32 p.m., a Chevy Impala driving on Turners Falls Road south of Hatchery Road in Montague hit a utility pole, Montague Police said. Two people inside were not injured. Montague Police and fire responded. The vehicle was heavily damaged.

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