Police say driver dozed off before crash
SPENCER - Four people were injured after a local man apparently fell asleep at the wheel and his car crossed the center lane and struck another car head on at Main and Bell Streets shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday.
Police said Enrico Bartolo, 50, of 150 Main St., Spencer was headed east on Route 9 in his Chevrolet Cavalier when he dozed off and the car strayed into oncoming traffic. Mr. Bartolo's car collided with a vehicle driven by Donna Hryzan, 49, of 12 Crown St., Webster. Her son, Steven Ducharme, 23, of the same address, and a 15-year-old male relative were also in the vehicle.
All four were taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Officer Joseph W. Gelinas, who is investigating, said.
The Spencer Fire Department and Spencer Rescue Squad responded, and mutual aid ambulances from Leicester and East Brookfield were called to the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
Police cruiser damaged in accident
WORCESTER - A Leicester police cruiser incurred heavy damage and thee people sustained minor injuries in an accident on Bailey Road in Worcester yesterday, Leicester Police Chief James J. Hurley said.
Chief Hurley said Worcester Police are investigating. He said a Leicester officer was giving a lift home to Worcester to the driver of a vehicle that had become disabled in Leicester. He said the cruiser was traveling from Marshall Street onto Bailey Street when a car pulled out of Assabet Road and hit the cruiser. He declined to name any of the injured people but said all were treated and released from hospitals in the city.
The cruiser, a Ford Crown Victoria, is not one of the department's newer vehicles, and the damage was extensive enough that it could be a total loss, the chief said.
Girl falls 15-20 feet onto concrete floor
FITCHBURG- A 7-year-old girl was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester around 12:30 p.m. yesterday she fell 15 to 20 feet down a chute onto a concrete floor inside a storage warehouse on Water Street.
She was still being evaluated for her injuries last night, according to Acting Deputy Fire Chief Dave Rousseau.
The deputy chief said some adults were with the little girl at the City Storage facility, 655 Water St., when she fell.
"Given the height of the fall and the fact she landed on concrete, there was a real possibility she was seriously injured and the medical people wanted to check her out thoroughly," the deputy chief said.
The medical helicopter landed on nearby Benson Street, met an advanced life support ambulance crew who had been treating the girl, and took her directly to the Worcester hospital.
The name and hometown of the girl were not released. There were no further details on the incident.
Police searchers find man's body
CHARLTON - After a search with dogs and a helicopter, state police found the body of a 59-year-old local man in a meadow yesterday after they were asked to check his well-being and discovered signs that he was despondent, Police Chief James A. Pervier said.
State police searched near White Rock, a converted motel at 83 Sturbridge Road where the man had been staying, and around the nearby Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary, and after several hours found the body of David Nordstrom.
Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., said police had gone to the apartment to serve Mr. Nordstrom with notice of a probation violation.
There were no signs of foul play and no visible injuries, Mr. Connolly said. The medical examiner's office has accepted the case, he said.
CUTLINE: Emergency workers tend to a victim in yesterday's two-car crash in Spencer.
PHOTOG: T&G Staff/DAN GOULD