Driver seriously injured in crash with dump truck in Dalton

DALTON — A Lanesborough man was hospitalized with serious injuries Wednesday morning when the small SUV he was driving collided with a dump truck on Main Street in Dalton.

Derek Murphy was traveling westbound in his 2012 silver Toyota RAV4 was around 9:30 a.m. when he collided with an eastbound truck driven by Michael Biagini of Cheshire. Biagini was behind the wheel of a 1987 Mack dump truck belonging to Sinopoli & Son of Lanesborough. The RAV4 smashed into the guardrail and was totaled, trapping the driver inside.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove the roof of the vehicle to help extricate Murphy, who was transported by County Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition on Wednesday afternoon.

Biagini was transported by Dalton’s volunteer ambulance squad to BMC, where he was treated and released.

Dalton Police Officer Deanna Strout said Murphy, though seriously injured, was responsive and talking when EMTs approached him.

The crash shut down the portion of Main Street between Housatonic Street and Park Avenue for six hours due to a large amount of diesel and other fuel spilling onto the roadway, which complicated rescuers’ efforts.

The traffic detour around the crash scene allowed workers to clean up the mess and Dalton police, assisted by the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team, to begin probing the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation.

Pittsfield, as well as more than a dozen firefighters from Dalton and Pittsfield, also responded to the traffic mishap.

Workers from the state and Dalton highway departments, Maxymillian Technologies and Village Truck Sales also were on scene to help with the cleanup and tow the damaged vehicles.

“It was a real team effort for the town,” Strout said. Eagle staff writer Dick Lindsay contributed to this report.

Source: Berkshire Eagle