Ten taken to hospital after crash in Orange
ORANGE — Two adults and eight children were taken to Athol Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure, after a pick up rear-ended a day-care van filled with children Wednesday morning on South Main Street.
According to Orange Police Sgt. James Sullivan, snowy road conditions were a factor in the 9:33 a.m. two-vehicle accident. He said day care provider Karen Whitman, who runs Koala-Tee Day Care, was taking the children on a field trip, when she returned to the day care center for something, with the children in the van. She was heading north, and had stopped to make a left turn into her driveway, waiting for southbound traffic to pass. The driver of the pickup behind her, Chester Pultorak of Orange, was unable to stop in time, said Sullivan.
According to Sullivan, the children ranged in age from 1 to 12 years old. He said everyone was taken by ambulance to Athol Memorial Hospital by at least six ambulances: two from Orange, one from Athol, one from Phillipston and two from Wood’s Ambulance Co. in Gardner.
Sullivan said the children were examined, as a precautionary measure, and they were released from the hospital. The two adults, who had complained of aches, were still being evaluated later that morning.
No one was cited for traffic violations, Sullivan said. Parents and guardians of the day care children were notified soon after the crash.
The pickup had heavy front-end damage, and the rear of the van sustained damage.