Updated @1 pm
A two-car motor vehicle crash in Tisbury sent an elderly couple to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with minor injuries Monday morning.
The crash occurred at approximately 11:30 am, at the intersection of West Spring Street and State Road, where the couple attempted to turn right at the stop sign but didn’t see a truck approaching from the left.
The Chevy Impala occupied by the couple made impact with the GMC Sierra’s front passenger door and wheel well, sustaining major damage to the front of the car.
The Sierra was also heavily damaged, but was able to be driven onto the tow truck.
Both airbags were deployed in the Impala, which was a rental car, according to Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling.
The Impala had to be winched onto the tow truck.
The man driving the Sierra, who was not injured and refused transport to the hospital, said the crash happened “because of old people driving who shouldn’t be driving.”
The driver, who declined to give his name, said the couple ran the stop sign, but police could not confirm that statement.
West Tisbury–bound traffic was diverted through the Crane Appliance parking lot and back around to Tisbury.
Tisbury-bound traffic was diverted down the right fork of West Spring Street.
The area of State Road where the crash happened was closed off for little over an hour, as both vehicles were cleared from the roadway, and debris and leaked fluids were removed.
Although the crash resulted in only minor injuries, Tisbury Police Officer Nick Sidoti said it highlights the need for extra precautions during the summer months.
Sidoti said intersections like the one at West Spring Street and State Road can be dangerous if people aren’t paying attention.
“You need to really take your time and watch for any oncoming traffic. Even though the sightline is relatively clear, you need to be very careful,” Sidoti said.
Updated with more details.