LANESBOROUGH -- Three victims of a two-car crash in Lanesborough on Thursday night in which a car caught fire are in stable condition, and one victim has been released from the hospital, according to Lanesborough police.

Two of the victims were transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where they were in stable condition, Lanesborough Police Investigator Tim Sorrell said.

The driver of the vehicle they were in, was still at Berkshire Medical Center on Saturday, but was in stable condition.

The driver and lone occupant of the second vehicle has been released from Berkshire Medical Center, Sorrell said.

Police are not releasing the names of the victims at this time and the crash is still under investigation.

The two vehicles collided head on Thursday night after 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 8 near the Berkshire Mall. The accident followed a day in which light snow had been continuously falling. Speed was also considered to be a possible factor, according to police.

One of the vehicles caught on fire and several passers-by helped pull the occupants out.

"There had been three people inside the car that was on fire," said Lanesborough Police Officer Brad Lepicier. "[Passers-by] had pulled them out of the vehicle before I got there."

That sedan was traveling westbound on the road, which passes behind the Berkshire Mall, when the accident occurred.

A single occupant was in the other vehicle, which was headed eastbound.

Three paramedic ambulances sent by County Ambulance transported all four victims to Berkshire Medical Center shortly after the crash.

Though they hadn't witnessed the wreck, the passers-by who assisted the three in the flaming vehicle stopped on the side the road to assist the victims, Lepicier said.

Lanesborough Fire Department and a town ambulance also responded.

Additionally, one officer provided by the Cheshire Police Department and a second by the Massachusetts State Police blocked off either end of the road while first responders worked. The road reopened around 9:30 p.m.

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