Car vs tree Henry Street (note engine block ripped away from frame)
Last night first responders rushed to the north end of town around 1:30 AM for reports of a high speed crash involving a car, tree, and most likely alcohol (the person calling for help from the scene sounded drunk).
2 AFD ambulances on scene
Initial reports from the scene indicated one person trapped and unconscious in the back seat. But by the time the AFD Engines arrived all occupants (at least four "college aged youth") were out of the demolished vehicle.
Amherst police charged the 22-year-old driver with driving under the influence of alcohol but he's still in the hospital, so I probably will not see him tomorrow in Eastern Hampshire District Court.
The accident tied up two ambulances needed to transport two victims to Baystate Critical Care unit in Springfield. Since Bay State is 25 miles or so from Amherst, versus 7 for Cooley Dickinson Hospital, those ambulances are out of service for two or three times longer.
Two engines responded to help clean up potentially hazardous fluids and three police cars to seal off the area and interview the occupants. And even though it was 2:00 AM there were still service calls that had to be put on hold due to the strain on resources this one potentially deadly accident caused.
The Shadow knows ...
The car was traveling north and crossed over the southbound lane into a tree
Last month another spectacular accident in the dead of night involving high speed and alcohol occurred on the opposite side of town, scenic South East Street.
Bumper was ripped off and thrown about 20 yards
All photos by Larry Kelley. All rights reserved.