Friday July 20, 2012

BECKET -- A driver was airlifted to an Albany, N.Y., hospital on Friday following a two-car accident off Route 20 near the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The names of the drivers are not being released until family members are notified, said Becket Police Sgt. Mark Portieri. There were no passengers in either vehicle when the crash took place shortly before noon on Friday.

Portieri said a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu heading westbound on Jacob's Ladder Road crossed over the median and struck a 2007 GMC pickup truck head-on. The pickup was in the eastbound lane.

The driver of the Malibu sustained serious injuries, and had to be extricated from the car using the Jaws of Life.

The man was transported by the Lee Ambulance Squad to a helicopter landing area set up at Lee High School. From there, an Albany Medical Center helicopter landed and took him to the hospital. Portieri estimated that the helicopter left the high school at about 2 p.m.

The driver of the pickup was brought to Berkshire Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.

Both vehicles sustained considerable damage and were considered totaled, said Portieri.

Route 20 was closed off for about two hours following the accident.

Why the Malibu crossed the median remains under investigation, said Portieri.

This story will be updated in future editions of The Eagle.