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1 hurt as car strikes bridge

Recorder/David Rainville
The General Pierce Bridge was closed briefly after a single-car accident Wednesday afternoon. At left is Laurel Rollins, of Shelburne Falls, who was able to stop her silver Honda inches before the crashed Toyota.

Recorder/David Rainville The General Pierce Bridge was closed briefly after a single-car accident Wednesday afternoon. At left is Laurel Rollins, of Shelburne Falls, who was able to stop her silver Honda inches before the crashed Toyota.

GREENFIELD — One woman was taken to the hospital after her car hit the General Pierce Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Greenfield police and firefighters were called to their side of the bridge for a single-car accident.

The driver, who was not identified, was placed in a neck brace before being extricated from her Toyota Venza and brought by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. She was conscious, alert and able to speak to emergency personnel after the accident.

The accident victim was the only person in the car, which was headed north into Montague before veering across the oncoming lane and striking the bridge.

Another driver, Laurel Rollins of Shelburne Falls, was crossing the bridge from Montague to Greenfield when she saw the accident. She had just enough time to bring her car to a stop just inches from the wreck.

“She drove across the road, and slammed right into the bridge,” said Rollins. “It was really high-impact; she hit the bridge very hard.”

The bridge was closed in both directions while emergency workers took care of the victim. Montague Police re-routed traffic on their side of the bridge, while Greenfield police redirected cars at both Hope Street and Mountain Road.

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