Police say Greenfield crash was related to opiate use

Officials say opiates could be responsible for a single-car crash on Wells Street in Greenfield Sunday morning. The operator, a male from Greenfield, was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE » Buy this Image

Officials say opiates could be responsible for a single-car crash into a telephone pole on Wells Street in Greenfield Sunday morning. The vehicle narrowly missed a house at 38 Alden St. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE » Buy this Image

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By SHELBY ASHLINE
Recorder Staff
Sunday, August 14, 2016

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GREENFIELD MA crash

GREENFIELD — Officials say a single-car crash into a telephone pole on Wells Street Sunday morning was likely a result of opiate use.

The accident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. when Terrence Schatz, 63, of Greenfield drove his gray Oldsmobile sedan off the road and into a telephone pole. The vehicle narrowly missed a house at 38 Alden St.

“Upon arrival, the operator of that vehicle was completely unresponsive and unconscious,” said Sergeant Todd Dodge of the Greenfield Police Department.

Dodge said members of the Greenfield Fire Department began CPR and administered two doses of Narcan.

“He ultimately became responsive after that,” Dodge said. “We’re unable to determine if speed was a factor right now, but it seems possible that opiates may be.”

Schatz was taken by Turners Falls Fire and Rescue to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Koch’s Automotive.

Dodge observed that because there were no skid marks on the road, indicating that the driver had tried to stop before hitting the pole, it is likely Schatz was unconscious before the accident occurred.

According to the Greenfield police logs, Schatz was issued a summons for operating under the influence of drugs, operating under the influence of alcohol, possessing an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, a marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to wear a seat belt.

Greenfield police kept part of Wells Street closed following the accident out of concern that the telephone pole might break, as it had splintered severely when it was hit. Eversource was called in to replace the pole.