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Lanesborough Fire Rescues Injured Hiker From Mount Greylock

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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A hiker was rescued from Mount Greylock Monday after being cut with an ax.
 
Fire Chief Charles Durfee said the call came in at 12:37 in the afternoon about the hiker being located in the woods off from the Old Adams Road Trail. Three all-terrain vehicles were used but responders had to hike more than a mile in 90-degree heat.
 
"We could only get the ATVs in about a mile on the trail. We had to hike the last 1.5 miles. Due to the heat and the terrain of the trails, we called for the Western Mass Tech Rescue Team to come assist us in getting the hiker out of the woods," Durfee wrote in an e-mail.
 
Durfee said a total of 11 firefighters and 16 Western Massachusetts Tech Rescue members responded. The hiker had a laceration on his leg from an ax and was transported to Berkshire Medical Center.
 
"As the chief, I can't say enough about the tech guys," Durfee wrote.
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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 1 - Sept. 4

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
 
Elwin Bruno, 47, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery on a public employee, and single counts of resisting arrest, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. The charge stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on June 8, 2015.
 
Michael Rahilly, 28, of Hinsdale had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon, and possession of heroin.
 
Rahilly is accused of holing up an employee of the Subway on South Street on August 9, 2015. He also had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of larceny over $250 in connection with a theft of a television from Walmart on July 26.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,000 bail.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, Sept. 4.
 
Jerrod Kendig, 35, of Dalton had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of larceny over $250 in connection with a theft at Walmart in North Adams on April 12, 2015.
 
He was released on $500 bail.
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North Adams Motorcycle Accidents Injures Two

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Clarksburg man and a Pittsfield woman were transported to the hospital after sideswiping a parked car with a motorcycle early Thursday morning.

William Valotta, 25, of Clarksburg was traveling east on East Main Street with passenger Nikki Shaw of Pittsfield when they collided with the parked car at about 12:45 a.m., according to North Adams Police.

Police reported that Valotta was found pinned under the motorcycle and Shaw was located a few feet away.

Both were transported by North Adams Ambulance Service to the hospital.

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Three-Car Accident Closes Mohawk Trail

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FLORIDA, Mass. — A three-vehicle accident involving a state police cruiser closed Route 2 for nearly two hours on Thursday morning. No one was seriously injured.

The accident occurred at about 7:18 a.m. on the Mohawk Trail near the Savoy line, according to David Procopio, state police director of media communications, when an eastbound dump truck crossed the center line and hit a westbound 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup towing a Bobcat on a trailer.

"A trooper from the Shelburne Falls barracks was behind the trailer with the Bobcat," said Procopio. It was not clear at this time whether the cruiser collided with the trailer or was struck by one of the trucks.

He said the preliminary investigation is pointing to a possible stuck accelerator on the 2014 Ford dump truck; the driver was trying to unstick it when he lost control and veered over the center line.

Procopio said it was not clear at this time whether the cruiser collided with the trailer or one of the trucks.

The trooper was taken to Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield with minor injuries. He is reportedly conscious and alert.

The driver of the dump truck, a 23-year-old man from Turners Falls also incurred minor injuries and was take to the North Adams campus of Berkshire Medical Center. The driver of the pickup, a 40-year-old man from Erving was not injured.

The highway was reopened by 9:30 a.m.

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Tractor-Trailers Stuck Under North Adams Trestle Twice in One Month

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A stuck truck closed off traffic on Church Street on Monday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A section of Church Street was blocked off for nearly three hours on Monday afternoon after yet another tractor-trailer got stuck under the railroad trestle.

A trailer hauling 25,000 pounds of machined metal, reportedly for a Disney ride, became wedged under the trestle at about 4:15 p.m. after leaving Morrison Berkshire on Church Street. The delivery was on its way to Minneapolis.

Traffic was blocked between Davenport Street and Ashland Street. The truck was pulled out from under the trestle shortly before 7 but it was going to take some time to stabilize it before Joseph Dean of Dean's Quality Auto & Truck Repair could remove it from the scene.

The top of the trailer was peeled back nearly halfway and Dean said it had broken in half. Air was let out of the tires and the cargo removed by Morrison Berkshire before an attempt was made to pull it out.

Pan Am Railways also had a representative at the scene and all train traffic was halted until the trestle could be inspected.

The trestle dates back at least a century and its clearance is posted at 12-foot-6 on the south end and 12-foot on the north. Signs warn drivers of the approach but several trucks seem to get stuck under it every year, and occasionally under the Ashland Street trestle. One of the most recent incidents occurred on July 30.

A neighbor said he frequently sees trucks trying to back up on the south side. Drivers don't seem to realize they are not going to fit under until too late — or that the slope on the north side of the bridge may be a factor.

The semi left the scene shortly after 7 p.m. and was slowly escorted to Dean's on Curran Highway.

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