Cops say Good Samaritans saved man in Rte. 2 crash

Staff Writer
Published: 3/15/2019 10:33:53 AM

SHELBURNE – Police say good Samaritans saved a man’s life Friday morning by helping him escape a vehicle before it caught fire following a head-on collision on Route 2.

Three or four people helped flip a pickup truck, which had rolled onto its side just east of Peckville Road. Back on its wheels, someone used a hammer to break a window to help the man get out, Shelburne Police Chief Gregory Bardwell said. A passing truck driver used his fire extinguisher to douse the blaze, which started after the man was freed, according to Bardwell.

The emergency call came in at 7:13 a.m. The rescued man, Bardwell said, appeared to have minor injuries.

The chief said the collision involved a westbound 2013 Dodge Ram and an eastbound 2003 Dodge Caravan. Bardwell said the operator of the van was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield before being transported via LIFE STAR helicopter to Springfield with internal injuries, an injured knee and a possible head injury. Bardwell declined to disclose the victims’ names.

Shelburne Police Sgt. Timothy Budrewicz, who was the responding officer, said the crash is still under investigation, but it appears one of the two vehicles had crossed the center line.

Bardwell said Route 2 was closed for 15 to 20 minutes. One-lane traffic was opened for 30 minutes before both lanes were open again. 

Bardwell said Shelburne Police Sgt. Timothy Budrewicz, Massachusetts State Police, Greenfield Fire Department, two AMR ambulances and some volunteer firefighters responded.

Reach DomenicPoli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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