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Sign pierces windshield in two-car Hingham crash; no injuries

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 1, 2013 09:57 AM

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Photos courtesy of Hingham Police

Hingham Police are crediting seat belts for preventing any injuries in a two-car crash.

Police are crediting seat belts for saving the lives of two people who saw a utility pole crash through their windshield after an accident.

According to police, a 2006 Ford Ranger was traveling east on Derby Street at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday and began to make a left turn onto Gardner Street. At the same time, a 2013 Toyota Tacoma was traveling west on Whiting Street and was continuing straight through the intersection.

The cars collided, and the front of the Toyota struck the right rear portion of the Ford, sending the Ford up over the curb, onto a sidewalk, and into a highway sign.

Police said that the sign post broke off and was thrown into a nearby telephone pole, so that the bottom of the sign post was sticking out of the pole almost parellel to the ground.

The Ford continued forward with such force that it struck the same utility pole it had just hit. The pole punctured the windshield and went in the space between the driver and passenger.

The driver of the Ford, a 52-year-old man, and passenger, a 48-year-old woman, both from Hanson, were not injured. Their airbags deployed, and their vehicle was towed from the scene.

The driver of the Toyota, a 56-year-old man from Norwell, was also uninjured. His air bags did not deploy and he was able to drive his vehicle from the scene.

Police said that if all parties had not been wearing seat belts, the accident could have been much worse. “This crash shows how seat belts work even in minimal impact collisions,” said Sergeant Steven Dearth in a release. “The driver and passenger of the Ford were held in place after the initial impact by their seat belts and as their truck continued moving they remained securely in place after striking the curb, sign and utility pole.

“Without their seat belts on it is likely from the impact their bodies may have been moving or sliding in the center of the cab area which would have put them directly in the path of the sign and post,” Dearth said.

No citations were issued in the accident.

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