18-year-old seriously injured after head-on collision with Mack truck in Hadley

HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) — An 18-year-old man was seriously injured following a collision between his vehicle and a Mack truck at the intersection of Middle Street and North Lane on Monday morning.

According to the Hadley Police Department, crews responded around 10:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Officials said Wilbraham’s 18-year-old victim was seriously injured in the collision and trapped in his vehicle, but was able to communicate with first responders.

The Hadley Fire Department used the “Jaws of Life” to free the driver from his car before he was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment for his injuries.

Authorities said they have requested assistance from the Northwest District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Scene Services Section of Crime, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and State Police Detectives assigned to the North West District Attorney’s Office due to the severity of the 18-year-old victim’s injuries .

The 82-year-old Mack lorry driver from Sunderland was uninjured and co-operated with police.

Officials said the initial investigation indicated the 18-year-old victim was traveling north on Middle Street when he crossed the center line into the path of the Mack truck. Both drivers tried to avoid the accident.

The collision remains under investigation.

Monday at 2 p.m., the roads were reopened.