Fiery two-car crash sends four to hospital
GREENFIELD — A fiery crash at the intersection of Cheapside and Deerfield streets sent four to the hospital Saturday afternoon, according to Greenfield police.
The driver of the first car, a 2003 Honda Accord, was traveling on Cheapside Street, attempted to make a left-hand turn to cross the bridge toward Deerfield and crossed into the path of a 2004 Ford Focus driven by a local man with his two young children, according to Sgt. Laura Gordon of the Greenfield Police.
The cars collided and first the Honda and then the Ford caught fire, Gordon said, and both suffered serious fire damage.
Capt. William Schneider of the Greenfield Fire Department said everyone was out of the cars when firefighters arrived at the scene.
Gas cans in the back of one car likely contributed to the blaze, which caught the other car on fire, Schneider said.
The operator of the first vehicle, Julie Duprey, 41, of Lee, was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center and cited for impeded operation, Gordon said.
“The operator reported she looked down to pick up her coffee just prior to the crash,” Gordon said.
The second driver, Gary Smith, 41, of H Street in Turners Falls and his 7- and 3-year-old children were also taken to the hospital, according to Gordon.
A Baystate spokesman said Sunday three patients had been treated and released, but there was no record of the younger child being taken to the hospital.
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