State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Blandford

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Police say a Pittsfield man was killed when he ran into traffic on the MassPike in Blandford.
 
At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, state troopers assigned to Westfield barracks responded to reports of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Route 90 eastbound, at the 24.2 mile marker, in Blandford. The victim suffered fatal injuries. 
 
Preliminary investigation indicated that Harry Young, 49, was a passenger in a 2008 Lexus operated by a 36-year-old Becket woman. State Police say the Lexus pulled into the breakdown lane and Young jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the roadway for reasons still under investigation. Young was then hit by a 2013 Ford Explorer operated by a 26-year-old Brockton woman. Young was subsequently struck by a 2020 Kenworth tractor trailer operated by a 33-year-old Little Falls, N.Y., man. All operators remained on scene. 
 
Young was determined to be deceased at the scene.  
 
The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why Young got out of the Lexus, remains under investigation.  
 
No charges have been filed at this time.  
 
Troopers were assisted on scene by the state Department of Transportation. Route 90 Eastbound was closed for the investigation, all lanes were opened at 2:17 a.m. 

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Pittsfield Developing Plan for Bicycle Network

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

The first public meeting on the master plan was held Wednesday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is developing plans to make Pittsfield safer and more accessible to bicycling. 
 
The first public meeting for the Pittsfield Bicycle Facilities Master Plan was held on Wednesday but the plan has been in the works for the last year or two, said City Planner CJ Hoss.
 
Though Pittsfield has a few areas with bike lanes or shared road lanes, the city would like to take a more progressive approach with simple roadwork projects or more extensive plans in the future to try and take on more ambitious, safer bike facilities.
 
"There's a need to take a citywide approach," Hoss said.
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