Bus Carrying Tobacco Workers Crashes, 21 Hospitalized

Twenty-one people were taken to the hospital after a crash between a bus carrying tobacco workers and a pickup truck in Suffield.

The head-on crash happened just before 6 a.m. Tuesday on Mountain Road.

There were 20 people on the bus and one person in the pickup, according to Chief Art Groux, of Suffield Ambulance.  All were transported to area hospitals in Connecticut and Massachusetts with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, he said.

Officials said that five patients were taken to Hartford Hospital, five to Saint Francis Hospital, four to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., three to Noble Hospital in Westfield, Mass., two to John Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, and two to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mass.

A small fire was extinguished by the first arriving police officer, Suffield Fire Chief Chuck Flynn said.

All of the victims were able to get out of the bus on their own, according to Flynn.

Mountain Road was closed between North Stone Street and Phelps Road for several hours and reopened around 10 a.m.

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