Single-car crash on Hurlburt Road results in entrapment, serious injuries

The vehicle had been traveling southbound on Hurlburt Road when the driver lost control and crashed into a tree on the east side of the roadway.

Great Barrington — A one-car crash early this morning left one man with serious injuries and another facing charges of driving under the influence and a variety of other moving violations.

Officer Bradley Lupiani was on routine patrol on Hurlburt Road at 1:13 a.m. when he came across a single-car motor vehicle accident, Great Barrington Police Sergeant Paul Storti said in a written statement.

The vehicle had been traveling southbound on Hurlburt Road when the driver lost control and crashed into a tree on the east side of the roadway. The driver, Benjamin Michael Badurski, 19, of Great Barrington, was able to get out of the vehicle with no injuries.

The passenger, Raphael Orlando Gutierrez, 20, was entrapped in the vehicle with serious injuries. The Great Barrington Fire Department along with the medical team from Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad, was able to extricate the passenger and treat him until a Life Flight helicopter arrived to transport Gutierrez to the trauma center at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

The Massachusetts Accident Reconstruction Unit, members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene unit, along with an assistant district attorney from the Berkshire Direct Attorney’s Office, assisted at the scene. The Egremont Police Department assisted with traffic control.

Badurski was arrested for OUI-alcohol with serious injury, negligent operation, failure to stay within marked lanes, and speeding. Badurski was released on $500 cash bail pending an appearance at Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington on Sept. 24.

Storti did not provide an update on Gutierrez’s condition and, when asked by The Edge, a spokesperson at Baystate Medical declined to disclose Gutierrez’s condition.