Several people severely injured in North Adams crash

NORTH ADAMS — Several people suffered severe injuries Friday afternoon in a head-on collision on South Church Street.

Two children, including a newborn baby, were secured in car seats in one of the vehicles. They are believed to have avoided life-threatening injuries, according to North Adams Police Sgt. James Burdick.

"This is why we advocate [for] car seats and seat belts," Burdick said.

About 1:45 p.m., the driver of a white SUV apparently drifted into the southbound lane and struck a red SUV with two adult passengers in the front seats and the two children in the rear, with their mother between the two, Burdick said. At least some of the adults' injures were considered life threatening.

The driver of the white SUV, who did not have any passengers, could face charges pending the results of the investigation, he said.

Police declined to identify any of the victims.

South Church Street was closed to traffic as a state police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section team was en route to investigate the accident.

Adams Ambulance Service and North Adams Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter.


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