3 injured after box truck collides with tow truck in Sandisfield


SANDISFIELD — Three people were hospitalized Tuesday night — including the town's police chief and his son — after a box truck collided head-on with a tow truck on Route 8.

All three occupants were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and are expected to survive, according to Berkshire District Attorney's Office spokesman Dennis Yusko.

The 26-foot Ryder truck driven by Francis Costanzo, 40, crossed the center line just before 7 p.m. and collided with the tow truck, according to Yusko. The District Attorney's Office is investigating the crash along with state police.

The southbound tow truck was driven by Michael Morrison, Sandisfield's police chief, Yusko said. Morrison's 16-year-old son was a passenger.

Sandisfield Fire Chief Ralph Morrison, Michael Morrison's brother, could not be reached for comment.

It's unclear why Costanzo veered into the southbound lane, Yusko added.

Two of the three occupants were extricated from their vehicle, but it remains unclear which two.

Responders included the Otis and Sandisfield fire departments and members of the DA's office. The state Department of Environmental Protection was present because of a fuel spill from one or both of the vehicles.

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871



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