CLARKSBURG -- A two-car accident at the intersection of North Eagle Street and West Road on Thursday left both operators injured, sending one to an intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center and the other to North Adams Regional Hospital.
The drivers in the accident were Nancy Carpenter, of North Adams, and Jennifer Lefevre, of Stamford, Vt. Carpenter was transported to Albany. Carpenter drove a Mazda and Lefevre a Chevy pickup truck. The ages of the operators were unavailable Thursday night.
Carpenter had to be removed from her vehicle with extrication machinery brought to the scene by North Adams Police and fire responders. As of Thursday night, Carpenter was in the surgical intensive care unit in Albany. Hospital officials declined to describe the extent of her injuries.
Efforts to determine the status of Lefevre at North Adams Regional Hospital were unsuccessful Thursday night.
According to responders, the accident occurred at 11:40 a.m.
"From what we understand, [Carpenter] was headed north on North Eagle Street and [Lefevre] was traveling west on West Road," Clarksburg Police Chief Michael Williams said. "[Carpenter] went into the intersection, failed to stop at a stop sign, and made a wide swing, colliding with [Lefevre’s] truck."
Clarksburg police and fire responded, along with mutual aid from North Adams police and fire, the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department and the Massachusetts State
Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Carlyle Chesbro said the Clarksburg Town Center served as a makeshift helicopter landing site during the response.
"It was very professional. We got our jobs done and removed those that needed help from the scene quickly as possible," Chesbro said.
Chesbro called Carpenter’s injuries "very serious," and said responders took 45 minutes from the time of the accident to secure the victim in the helicopter, after extricating her from the vehicle.
Both vehicles were totaled.
According to Williams, a trooper from Massachusetts State Police accident reconstruction unit was called to the scene, and the collision is still under investigation.
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