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Leverett teen ‘serious’ after Deerfield rollover

DEERFIELD — Two Deerfield teenagers were treated and released within hours of a Monday evening accident on Steam Mill Road, but a Leverett teen remained in serious condition Tuesday, according to Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr.

Paciorek said he was not releasing the names of the three due to their ages.

Deerfield officers were called to the scene of the accident on the back road that runs parallel to Routes 5 and 10 in the area of Old Deerfield at 4:01 p.m. for a report of a single-vehicle rollover with ejection, according to Paciorek.

“On arrival, officers found a 17-year-old male from the town of Leverett out of the vehicle with a significant head injury,” Paciorek said.

The Leverett teen was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield and airlifted by LifeFlight to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he was listed in serious condition in the pediatric intensive care unit Tuesday, according to Paciorek.

“Two 16-year-olds from the town of Deerfield were still intact in the vehicle, with their seat belts, they were also transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center and released within hours,” Paciorek said.

The Leverett teen was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the rear window of the 1994 Toyota pickup driven by one of the Deerfield 16-year-olds, who was driving on a junior operator license in violation of the restrictions, Paciorek said.

Paciorek said speed and the dirt road were factors.

“They came around the corner too fast and lost control of the vehicle,” he said.

The truck came to rest on the drivers’s side and officers on scene believe the vehicle rolled at least once, Paciorek said.

Paciorek said the accident is under investigation and his department is waiting on a report from the state police accident reconstruction and crime scene units.

At press time Paciorek said no citations or charges had been filed and there was no further word on the teen’s condition.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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