Light snow leads to minor crashes
Monday’s persistent snow had the usual effect on roads, contributing to accidents around the county.
In Sunderland, police responding to a single-car crash shortly before 1:30 p.m. had a front-row seat to a second crash.
Sunderland Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert said the first driver lost control of his 1999 Toyota Camry on the curve in Route 47 near Falls Road, traveled approximately 10 yards off the road and crashed head-on into a tree.
Gilbert said Russell Zraunig, 63, of Montague Street, Turners Falls, was in and out of consciousness at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
“While there at the accident, another vehicle came around the curve going at a speed greater than reasonable, lost control, hit the rear end of a vehicle going in the opposite direction and then bounced off the guardrail a couple of times,” Gilbert said.
No one in either car was injured, Gilbert said.
Gilbert said both accidents were likely the result of drivers traveling faster than advisable on the slippery roads, and a citation is pending for the driver responsible for the second accident.
An hour later, in Montague Center, another driver left the road and struck a tree.
Montague Police Sgt. Christopher Williams said the driver of a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu sedan left Turners Falls Road near Swamp Road and struck a tree as a result of snow. The driver, Mary Reil, 73, of Federal Street in Montague Center, was conscious and alert at the scene but was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Williams said.
The hospital listed Reil as having been treated and released Monday.
In Leverett, Sgt. Scott Minkler reported three snow-related accidents; a minor car vs. embankment, a tractor trailer unit that become stuck and backed over a guardrail, and an SUV that rolled over and landed in a ditch. The last accident occurred around 5 p.m. on North Leverett Road, Minckler said, and the driver and sole occupant of the Subaru Forester was unhurt.