Thursday July 19, 2012

LANESBOROUGH -- An Eastern Massachusetts couple escaped serious injury after their car plunged over an embankment off Rockwell Road on Mount Greylock State Reservation on Wednesday evening.

Robert Richmond, 86, and his wife, Harriet, 85, of Sharon, were driving up the mountain shortly after 7 p.m., when the husband lost control of his vehicle, according to state police from the Cheshire barracks. Troopers say the 2002 Toyota Camry skidded off the road and slid 48 feet down the embankment.

State police and Lanesborough police and firefighters spent 20 minutes searching for the Richmonds, when they heard Robert honking the car horn.

Rescuers extricated the Richmonds from the wreckage, hauled them up to the road and transported them to Berkshire Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. BMC officials listed both the husband and wife in stable condition on Thursday.

Rockwell Road is a winding, steep and narrow road to the summit of Mount Greylock, the state's highest peak.

The accident remains under investigation.