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Williamstown Crash Traps Two, Injures ThreeBy Susan Bush
12:00AM / Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Williamstown - Two men trapped in an upside-down pick-up truck were freed from the vehicle by members of the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department following a mid-morning March 7 vehicle crash on Main Street [Route 2].
Police said that Philip Larabee, 65, of Henderson Road and 67-year-old Richard Larabee of Heartwellville, Vt., were injured and trapped in a flipped 1986 Toyota pick-up truck after the truck was struck by a 1997 Dodge Stratus driven by 20-year-old Joshua Rodman. All three crash victims were taken to North Adams Regional Hospital by the Village and North Adams ambulance services.
Police said that witnesses to the crash stated that Rodman was leaving a Cumberland Farms convenience store parking lot when it collided with the pick-up truck being driven by Philip Larabee. According to police, the collision launched the Stratus into a 180-degree spin and caused the Toyota to veer off the highway and strike a large ornamental rock and sign located at the Michael's Restaurant parking lot. The impact caused the truck to flip over onto its' roof, police said.
Town police Officer Michael Ziemba and Officer Preston Kelly are conducting an investigation into the crash.