Three Injured as Car Hits Parked Truck

by Laurel | February 21st, 2007

[Adapted from the Berkshire Eagle, 21 February 1957.]

A 23-year-old Western Mass. Electric Co. employee was injured at 9:30 this morning when a company truck was truck by a car on Route 143 in Peru, state ploice reported.

Eugene Murphy Jr. of 64 Stoddard Ave., who was in the rear of the parked truck, sustained a cut on the forehead when the vehicle recoiled from the impact. He was treated by a company doctor.

Two of five Holyoke-area teenagers in the car were injured, neither seriously. The driver, Donald R. Leclair, 17, of Holyoke, suffered a sprained wrist and bruised knee. Norman Girouard of Aldenville received bruised to the knee and thigh. There were treated by Dr. Ralph Mosonella of Dalton.

Other passengers who escaped injury were Raymond Provost of Holyoke and Norman Nadeau and Calde Flardeau, both of Willimansett. The five were going to a funeral in North Adams.

The electric company truck was parked at the side of the road while crewmen were working on lines in the vicinity. Warning markers had been placed along the road, state police said.

Trooper Francis Reardon investigated the accident.

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