North Adams Woman Injured in Collision With Box Truck
The RAV 4 was peeled open to extricate the driver. Photos provided by a reader.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A 19-year-old North Adams woman is expected to be taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after her vehicle collided with a box truck Tuesday morning.
Police say Samantha Scutt, 19, of North Adams was southbound on Route 8 when she veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2010 Chevrolet box truck driven by Carl Gasco, 50, of Millbury. The crash occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 8 and Old State Road. The box truck, owned by Linders Inc. of Worcester, also hit a utility pole and electrical wires were hanging "dangerously close" to the scene.
Scutt was trapped inside of her 2002 Toyota RAV 4 for an hour and a half before she could be extricated using the Jaws of Life and taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. A state trooper got into her vehicle to stay with her through the ordeal.
Police say she has serious injuries and is expected to be transferred to Baystate. Gasco was also taken to Berkshire Medical Center with broken legs and possible internal bleeding.
Responders from Lanesborough, Pittsfield, Cheshire and Dalton fire department, and County Ambulance worked to extricate the two operators.
The crash led Route 8 to be closed for nearly six hours. Scutt will be cited for a marked lanes violation.
Police Believe Honda Involved in Williamstown Hit & Run
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police now believe a Honda was involved in the incident that injured a woman on North Hoosac Road last week.
Cheryl Leclaire was apparently struck by a car on the evening of Feb. 9 and found laying in the road. She remains in the intensive care unit at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield in critical condition.
According to Williamstown and state police, three small plastic fender rivets were located at the scene. The rivets have been determined to be used exclusively in Hondas, but are ordinary with no traceable serial or model numbers.
Honda uses the rivets on 12 models beginning with 2012s and newer. The models and years are:
Damage to the vehicle should be concentrated to the lower front passenger side bumper and/or passenger fender liner.
Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Williamstown Police Sgt. Scott McGowan at 413-458-5733 or Trooper Ryan Dickinson at 413-499-1112. Information can remain anonymous.
Stamford Accident Sends 2 to Hospital
STAMFORD, Vt. — Two North Adams, Mass., residents were injured after their car slammed into a tree on Main Road on Sunday morning.
Joelle M. Peterson, 34, and her passenger, Zachariah Chaffy, 36, were northbound on Route 8/100 in a 1999 Subaru Legacy before noon when Peterson lost control of the vehicle.
"The vehicle hit an icy patch of snow that had accumulated on the roadway. The operator was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and left the roadway before striking a tree," according to the report by State Trooper Alex Saxby.
The weather was clear but Saxby reported blowing snow across the highway.
The Subaru veered across the southbound lane, hitting the tree on the lawn of 289 Main Road. The accident occurred on the slight curve just south of Billmont's Country Store.
Both of the car's occupants were wearing seat belts. Peterson suffered minor abrasions and Chaffy, a broken hip. Both were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. The Subaru was considered totalled.
Lanesborough Man Facing Charges After Crashing Car
NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — A Lanesborough man is facing charges for operating under the influence after his car crashed into a utility pole early Saturday morning.
Daniel Scorpa, 23, lost control of his 2015 Volkswagen Jetta on Route 7 at Ingraham Road at about 2:35 a.m., according to preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher LaPointe.
Scorpa struck the utility pole, shearing the pole at the bottom.
He was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failing to stay within marked lanes. He was booked at the state police barracks in Cheshire, where he was held pending bail and his arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday.
Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 10 - Feb. 11
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Berthony Jean Baptiste, 23, of Boston pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery and larceny over $250.
He was ordered to serve 882 days of time already served at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and battery charge. The larceny charge was placed on file.
Baptiste assaulted a taxi driver and took his cell phone in North Adams on September 9, 2013. A single count of armed assault with intent to rob was dismissed by the state.
Rhianna Randall, 39, of Dalton had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on three counts of assault and battery and a single count of disturbing the peace.
She was released on personal recognizance. Randall is accused of assaulting three youths - ages 16, 14, and 14 - in Dalton on October 24, 2015.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Feb. 11.
James Scace, 47, of Dalton had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and single counts of intimidation of a witness and disturbing the peace.
He was released on personal recognizance. Scace is accused of assaulting three youths - ages 16, 14, and 14 - in Dalton on October 24, 2015.
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