Amherst Police expect Bay Road to be closed for an "extended period" as Western Mass Electric is dealing with a utility pole snapped in half by an impaired driver who rolled his vehicle into the pole at high speed around 4:40 PM.
Heavy police and FD presence
AFD originally started transport to Cooley Dickinson Hospital but rerouted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield (25 miles away), which has a critical care unit.
Amherst police have called in Amherst College Police to assist and AFD has toned out for three off duty firefighters to report in for "station coverage." Belchertown police closed off Bay Road as it enters their town.
Injured driver being loaded aboard A4, safely staged about 100 yards from scene of the crash
An Amherst police officer is also on board the ambulance because the driver will be charged with Driving Under the Influence.