NORTH ADAMS -- A head-on collision between two tractor-trailer trucks near the intersection of Union and Beaver streets sent four people to the hospital Monday afternoon and was expected to close Route 2 until late Monday night.

North Adams Police Sgt. James Burdick said a tractor-trailer traveling west on Route 2 lost its brakes at the Hairpin Turn, and a state police trooper following the truck could not help with stopping the vehicle.

The driver of the runaway truck attempted to slow down by riding an embankment alongside the eastbound lane across from Beaver Street, before colliding head-on with another tractor-trailer traveling east on Union Street, Burdick said.

The westbound truck then crossed the road, hit the guardrail and came to rest against a concrete wall. The drivers of both trucks were transported to North Adams Regional Hospital, Burdick said.

A state police media representative confirmed the driver of the runaway truck was transported by helicopter from North Adams Regional Hospital to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Two other cars were also involved with the crash -- a Toyota Sequoia sustained major front-end damage and a Honda Civic sustained minor damage.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to North Adams Regional, and the driver of the Honda was expected to drive to the hospital, Burdick said. The identities of the drivers and the extent of any injuries were not immediately available at press time.

Police could not confirm what each truck was carrying but did say there were no hazardous materials being hauled.


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Wreckage littered the roadway, and police said the Department of Public Works was assisting with cleaning up leaking diesel fuel.

At press time, the state police Accident Reconstruction Team was investigating the crash with North Adams Police, and the section of Route 2 between Miner and East Main Streets was still closed.

The North Adams Police and Fire departments responded to the scene along with North Adams Ambulance Service. In addition, Adams Ambulance Service, Village Ambulance Service and Clarksburg Police assisted.

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