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Four hospitalized after crash - Gazette - 07/12/2006


Four hospitalized after crash in Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG - A car police say was speeding on a small Williamsburg road crashed into a utility pole early Tuesday night. The wreck sent four people, including three teenaged boys, to area hospitals.

The driver, Shawn Robbins, 20, of 43 Harryell St. in Pittsfield, remains in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center today, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Ford Mustang, which neighbors said appeared to flip end over end, left skid marks about 75 yards long on Petticoat Hill Road, which connects Route 143 with the town center.

The car veered off the road around 6:30 p.m., digging up large rocks and piles of dirt for about 100 feet before hitting the pole.

Williamsburg Police Chief John W. Cotton said today it appears the car struck the pole 8 feet off the ground, meaning ''it was either airborne, or rode up the pole on impact,'' he said.

Two passengers, Connor Coyne, 16, and Levi Bissell, 16, both of Pittsfield, were also transported to Baystate Medical Center.

Bissell was listed in good condition today and Coyne was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jacob Defoe, 14, of 572 McNerney Road, Beckett, was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital and treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

Firefighters and EMTs from Williamsburg, Northampton, Chesterfield and Goshen, as well as the Highland Ambulance Service, pulled all four people out of the car with the aid of hydraulic tools. They had to remove the roof of the car.

''The roof caved in on top of the people in the car,'' Cotton said of the collision. ''It took three sets of Jaws of Life to get them out.''

It took more than an hour to get Robbins, the driver, out of the car, he said.

''He was pinned in the wreckage worst of all of them,'' Cotton said.

The accident is under investigation by Williamsburg and state police. Cotton said excessive speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

A medical evacuation helicopter was initially called to the scene Tuesday, but was unable to fly due to bad weather.

(Wednesday, July 12, 2006)