Friday August 24, 2012

LEE -- Two drivers were reported in stable condition on Friday morning after they were in a head-on collision along Route 7 on Thursday night in Lee.

The accident took place about a half-mile south of Summer Street around 7 p.m.

Lee Police Officer Craig DeSantis, one of the investigating officers, said the crash was reported by a Stockbridge police officer who happened to be driving through the area.

According to police, John Murray, 31, was driving south in a 2012 Toyota RAV-4 and Matthew Merriam, 40, was driving north in 2008 Lincoln MKZ when the two vehicles crashed. They were the only people in the vehicles.

Members of the Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge police and fire departments responded. Rescue crews used the Jaws of Life to extricate Merriam from his car.

Initial reports cited a fire at the scene. DeSantis said those reports have not been confirmed, but he did say that there were signs of smoke which was extinguished by fire personnel.

Both men were transported to Berkshire Medical Center with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries, DeSantis said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

"The area has been plagued with accidents," said DeSantis. "It's a major route with sweeping corners and straightaways. The area of this accident was along a sweeping corner, but it's not especially sharp."


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