NORTH ADAMS -- A head-on collision between two tractor-trailer trucks near the intersection of Union and Beaver streets sent three people to the hospital Monday afternoon and is expected to close Route 2 for hours, officials said.
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, he said.
The driver of the runaway truck attempted to slow down by riding a median in 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, and were expected to be transferred to either Springfield or Albany, N.Y.
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 Monday evening.
Police couldn't confirm what each truck was carrying, but did say there were no hazardous materials being hauled.
Wreckage littered the roadway, and police said the Department of Public Works was assisting with cleaning up leaking diesel fuel.
At press time, a state police representative said the Accident Reconstruction Team was investigating the crash.
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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