Pre-holiday crashes keep Greenfield cops busy

GREENFIELD — Police had their hands full dealing with a cavalcade of car crashes Wednesday.

An afternoon crash between a car and bike, in the area of Main and High streets, sent the Greenfield man riding the bicycle to the hospital. According to police logs, the driver that hit him left the scene.

Sgt. Mark Williams said he was interviewing the bicyclist in the Baystate Franklin Medical Center emergency room, but had to drop what he was doing when he was called to the scene of a head-on collision.

The bicyclist has since been transferred to Baystate’s Springfield location, said Williams. The sergeant said further information on the accident was unavailable Wednesday evening.

Williams said nobody was injured in the head-on crash, which happened at the entrance to the Big Y plaza at about 3 p.m. The Jeep Liberty and Subaru Impreza involved both sustained heavy front-end damage.

Williams chalked up the abundance of accidents to the warm weather and July 4 preparations.

“Everyone’s got their minds on the holiday,” he said.

While Williams saw to the Big Y crash, Lt. Todd Dodge and Officer Patricia West were on the scene of a three-car accident at the entrance to Cherry Rum Plaza, on Bernardston Road.

West said none of the vehicles’ occupants were injured, as a flatbed pulled into position to tow away one of the cars at about 3:20 p.m.

As a result of the accident, Wilfred Thompson III, 29, of Bernardston, will be summoned to court on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a passing violation.

Earlier, at about 1 p.m., a sedan was rear-ended by a Sandri Oil Co. truck on Silver Street. The driver of the sedan was back-boarded and taken to the hospital, though Officer Christopher Rowell said his injuries were not life-threatening.

The identities of the men injured in the Silver Street and bicycle accidents, and their conditions, were not available at press time.

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