Head-on crash not as bad as feared

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com

One person was taken to the hospital after a reported head-on crash Wednesday in slick conditions on Amherst’s busiest thoroughfare.

Police were called around 5:30 p.m. to Rt. 58 where a car turning north from Cleveland Avenue struck another traveling west, according to Sgt. Mike Murphy.

Assistant fire chief Jim Wilhelm said that while dispatched as a head-on collision, the wreck was “more of a headlight, side-of-vehicle type incident” at low speed.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, LifeCare Ambulance EMTs already had one “pretty shaken-up” person loaded on a stretcher.

Clean-up of debris took about 20 minutes, Wilhelm said.

Murphy said the crash is under investigation. No charges had been filed as of mid-Thursday.

Wilhelm said fire crews have been running often the past couple of weeks.

The most memorable call, he said, was a Monday evening incident in the eastbound lane of Rt. 2 near the city limits.

A mattress on a box spring flew off a vehicle and became lodged under the wheels of another woman driving home from work. She was able to safely pull over but her hot muffler caused the mattress to smoke and catch fire.

“It just goes to show that when you think you’ve seen everything, you learn you’ve seen nothing,” the assistant fire chief said.

Amherst firefighters have logged 570 calls so far this year.

That number is already a record, surpassing last year’s 509 and the all-time high of 546 in 2004.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk