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Sunderland car vs. truck crash hospitalizes drivers

SUNDERLAND — A crash Sunday morning on North Main Street sent the drivers of a car and a box truck to the hospital, according to police.

Jonathon Capone, 23, of Phillipston and Thomas Doyer, 45, of Scarborough, Maine, were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following the accident, called in at 8:44 a.m., according to Patrolman Brenda Tozloski of the Sunderland Police.

Tozloski said both drivers were conscious and alert at the scene and neither had passengers.

Doyer was driving a refrigerated box truck carrying a load of squash on Route 47 northbound, or North Main Street, and Capone was driving a 2001 Dodge Stratus sedan southbound when the two collided right at the Claybrook Road junction, according to Tozloski.

“The car lost control on the roads, which were a little snowy, and started sliding and slid head-on into the truck,” Tozloski said.

Tozloski said the road had been sanded and balding tires on Capone’s car combined with speed greater than reasonable for the conditions, also on his part, may have contributed to the accident on a straight stretch of road.

Both vehicles were badly damaged and the Sunderland Fire Department had to use the jaws of life to extricate Capone from his vehicle, according to Tozloski.

“Parts of the front end of the car were still under the truck,” she said. “The car kind of swung around and ended up on the side of the truck, facing northbound.”

Cooley Dickinson Hospital had not returned calls for comment on the conditions of the two in time for publication.

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

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