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Fraternity Van in Collision

By David D. Hsu
News Editor

A Ford minivan carrying two members of Tau Epsilon Phi collided with a Chrysler station wagon at the intersection of Amherst Street and Massachusetts Avenue yesterday at 2:15 p.m.

Christopher K. Merrill '96 was driving TEP pledge Edgar R. Gonzalez '99 to New House to pick up his belongings, said Shiu-Chung Au '97, a TEP brother who was dropped off before the accident.

The minivan switched lanes and cut across the intersection to make a left turn onto Amherst Avenue when the station wagon collided with it, said Cambridge Police Officer David Gittens.

The right side of the minivan absorbed the impact. Two passenger-side windows were completely shattered. The station wagon's hood was crushed.

Gonzalez was sitting in the left seat directly behind the driver's seat. Neither Merrill nor Gonzalez were sent to the hospital, although Merrill was visibly shaken.

The driver of the station wagon suffered a knee and slight head injury and was sent to Cambridge City Hospital, Gittens said.

Campus Police units were the first to arrive at the scene, said CPLieutenant David Carlson. Although CP officers assisted with traffic, the accident was handled primarily by the Cambridge Police, he said.