Connecticut couple injured in Sheffield crash

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SHEFFIELD — A Connecticut couple were hospitalized Friday afternoon after the driver apparently fell asleep and crashed the vehicle into a maple tree off Route 7, police say.

The woman was driving northbound in a Volkswagen Tiguan about 4:30 p.m. when the car veered off the road and struck a tree near Sheffield Pottery, according to Sheffield Police Chief Eric Munson III. No other vehicles were involved.

"She said she nodded off, and next she knew, she hit the tree," Munson said of the driver.

The passenger had to be extricated with the jaws of life and was flown by helicopter to Albany Medical Center, Munson said. His wife was taken by ambulance to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. Both suffered minor cuts and bruises.

Their names were not released.

"It's nothing critical," Munson said, noting that both are senior citizens. "He was kind of crunched in there pretty good because dashboard came in on him."

The chief noted there were many witnesses and people stopping to help.

The Sheffield Fire Department, Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance and an Albany Medical Center helicopter responded to the scene.

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

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