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Car smashes into Natick hospital; no serious injuries

By Lisa Kocian
Globe Staff / August 5, 2011

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A car crashed into the radiology department at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick just after noon yesterday, leaving a large hole in the side of the building.

Lieutenant Brian Grassey, spokesman for the Natick Police Department, said the accident was under investigation. The 2007 Mustang that crashed into the hospital had collided with a 2010 Nissan Altima just before hitting the exterior wall of the Radiology Department, he said.

“Both drivers were interviewed, and the investigation continues,’’ Grassey said.

The driver of the Mustang was not seriously injured, but was still being evaluated in the emergency room about an hour later, said Beth Donnelly, spokeswoman for MetroWest Medical Center, the regional health care system that includes Leonard Morse.

The driver who crashed into the hospital was a man and not elderly, Donnelly said, but she would not release any other identification. Police would not comment on either driver.

No employees or patients were injured, Donnelly said.

“The car, when I got here, was embedded into the side of the building,’’ Donnelly said. “The damage is to the wall and into the department.’’

Some equipment in the radiology department was damaged, Donnelly said, but there was no possibility of a radiological leak. Donnelly said she could not yet estimate the cost of the damage.

Grassey confirmed that nothing was hit that “would cause hazard or concern for anyone there or anyone responding.’’

Donnelly said the accident was “definitely not on purpose.’’ She said she was told the driver accelerated as he was pulling out of a parking space.

The emergency room, which is next to the radiology department but was not damaged, was closed for less than an hour, she said, as many emergency vehicles responded to the hospital.

Globe correspondent Dan Adams contributed to this report.