3 cows killed, Sunderland Police cruiser significantly damaged in Amherst crash

Hampshire County

An early morning accident on Route 116 in Amherst left three cows dead and significantly damaged a police cruiser and a tractor-trailer. 

Sunderland Police Chief Erik Demetropoulos told 22News the accident happened around 3 a.m. just over the town line into Amherst when an on-duty Sunderland Police officer hit a cow in the middle of the road.

While the officer was assessing the damage, a tractor-trailer coming down the same road hit and killed two more cows that had wandered into the road from a nearby field. 

Chief Demetropoulos said the impact of the cow hitting the cruiser caused the airbags to deploy, and the damage was so significant, the cruiser may be a total loss. He said the tractor-trailer also received significant damage. 

The officer didn’t receive any significant injuries, and the Amherst Police Department could not be reached for comment on the tractor-trailer driver’s condition.

Chief Demetropoulos told 22News the Amherst Police Department is looking into what caused the accident.

22News went to the farm Wednesday, but no one was willing to talk on camera. 

Amherst Police Department is looking into what caused the accident.

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