UPDATED: Witness Claims Minivan Driver Runs Red Light, Hits Car Traveling on Elm Street
Shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, police responded to a two-vehicle accident in the Central and Elm Streets area. Two people were taken to Stoneham area hospitals for medical treatment.
Two people were injured during a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in the area of Central and Elm Streets, according to police.
At 2:10 p.m., Stoneham police responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident in the area of Central and Elm Streets, according to Lieutenant Jim McIntyre. The vehicles involved in the crash were a Honda Odyssey and a Dodge Stratus.
"Two people were transported to the hospital," McIntyre said, adding that one person was taken to Lahey Clinic and another to Winchester Hospital. The extent of their injuries are currently unknown.
A traffic light and a chain link fence at 12 Elm St. were reportedly damaged during the crash, according to McIntyre.
Updated at 6 p.m.
An Elm Street resident claimed that an elderly man was driving the minivan down Central Street across Elm and failed to stop at a red light. The minivan reportedly struck the Stratus, which was traveling on Elm toward Walgreens, causing the accident, according to the witness. Airbags deployed in both cars.
The minivan driver was seen getting out of his car and walking over to the Stratus to check on the driver, according to the witness. Police and ambulances arrived shortly after the crash, and the elderly man and unknown driver of the Stratus were transported to area hospitals for medical attention, according to the witness.
Stoneham firefighters noticed a larger amount of gas in the street and quickly covered it with sand. After police directed traffic for about a half hour while the vehicles were towed away by Franklin Auto Transport, the scene was cleared of all debris and traffic continued normally.