Hinsdale woman dies, grandchildren injured in Holyoke accident


PITTSFIELD - A Hinsdale woman was killed and two granddaughters were injured - one seriously - in a collision between their car and a tractor-trailer truck in Holyoke on Wednesday, Holyoke police said.

The victim has been identified as Suzanne Robbins, 66, of Country Road. Her granddaughters, 15- and 17-year-old sisters, are from Pittsfield, Holyoke Police Lt. James M. Albert said.

The sisters were admitted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and the 15-year-old in critical condition was placed in a medically induced coma, according to the Springfield Republican. The 17-year-old was expected to be released from the hospital, Albert told The Eagle.

Police declined to release the girls' identities.

According to Albert, the accident happened on Cherry Street by the Soldier's Home in Holyoke near Exit 16 of Interstate 91. Robbins and her two granddaughters had just left the Holyoke Mall and were crossing Cherry Street after coming off Exit 16 northbound when the car was broadsided by the tractor trailer.

A preliminary police investigation indicates that Robbins went through a stop sign after exiting the highway, according to the Republican. Albert said Robbins had left the interstate's northbound lane in order to re-enter the highway southbound to reach the Mass Pike.

The truck driver and his passenger weren't hurt, and Albert said no charges are expected against the truck's driver.

The accident was investigated by accident reconstruction teams from both the state police and Holyoke Police, Albert said.


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