24-year-old victims in fatal crash apparently were in wrong lane

Recorder Staff
Last modified: 2/24/2016 6:54:02 PM
MONTAGUE — The two Millers Falls residents who died in Monday’s head-on crash on Route 63 apparently were traveling in the wrong lane at impact.

Anthony Darling, 24, and Brittney Wheeler, 24, both of Millers Falls, have been identified as the victims of the crash in Montague Center early Monday morning.

Their southbound car was in the oncoming lane when a northbound tractor-trailer collided with the Chevrolet sedan at 5:13 a.m. in a stretch of shallow curves near 255 Federal St., according to a preliminary analysis by state police.

Darling and Wheeler, in the front seats of the car, were killed. The truck driver was not obviously injured. The truck’s tractor climbed onto the car and pushed it backward into the southbound lane on impact. The car was mangled.

Northwestern District Attorney’s spokeswoman Mary Carey, who identified the crash victims Tuesday afternoon, said the vehicle carrying Darling and Wheeler was traveling south when it collided with the oncoming tractor-trailer going north.

“Preliminary analysis of the scene indicates the collision occurred in the northbound lane,” Carey said in a statement.

Turners Falls and Montague police and fire personnel, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section responded to the crash.

The accident shut down traffic from Green Pond Road, just outside downtown Millers Falls, to Lake Pleasant Road for much of the day. It took several hours for extrication.


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