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A serious accident that injured two people closed Curran Highway for several hours.

Update: Head-On Collision on Curran Highway Turns Fatal

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Update: The district attorney's office has confirmed that George Ferris, 82, of North Adams was killed as the result of the collision on Friday.
 
The driver of the other vehicle, Ann Meier, 60, of Adams, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and later to Baystate Medical in Springfield. Ferris was taken to BMC's emergency satellite facility in North Adams, where he later died. 
 
There were no other occupants in the vehicles. 
 
The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the DA's office is assisting in North Adams Police's investigation into a fatal collision, along with the State Police from the Cheshire barracks, the Crime Scene Services and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction sections. 
 
Ferris was a longtime barber in the city, operating Man's World Styling Salon on Marshall Street with his two brothers. 
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Original post, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020; 4:57 p.m.
 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A head-on collision on Curran Highway on Friday afternoon left one person seriously injured.
 
The crash occurred in front of North County Veterinary Hospital at about 3:30 p.m. and involved a car and a sport utility vehicle.  
 
Police Sgt. Albert Zoito said one driver was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and the other to BMC's emergency satellite facility in the city.
 
"One went south, one went north," Zoito. "He had to be stabilized. Serious, serious injuries."
 
Police, firefighters, and Northern Berkshire EMS were dispatched to the scene and the road was closed from Hodges Cross Road to the former Doran's Carpet.
 
State Police and Adams Police were also called to assist.
 
Zoito said the accident is under investigation and that the State Police accident reconstruction team was being called to assist in the investigation.
 
Reports over the scanner indicated that one of the vehicles was on fire. Zoito said this was not the case.
 
He said the road will likely remain closed for some time.
 
"We are going to be here for a while," he said.
 

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UXBRIDGE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito administration has declared Friday, Nov. 27, as "Green Friday" to encourage people across the commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs.
 
To celebrate, state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree-cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. In an effort to support the commonwealth's Christmas tree industry, the declaration of Green Friday encourages people throughout the state to visit their local Christmas tree farms to purchase their trees, holiday plants, ornamental swags, and wreaths to fulfill their holiday decorating needs.
 
"Our administration believes in the importance of supporting our farms by shopping locally and purchasing holiday decorations from one of the commonwealth's many family-operated Christmas tree farms," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Now more than ever, it is a great time to spend quality time with your family while partaking in this outdoor activity which allows for proper social distancing."
 
Christmas tree season in Massachusetts provides hundreds of seasonal jobs at approximately 264 Christmas tree farms on approximately 2,801 acres of land from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. The sale of more than 82,524 state-grown Christmas trees contributes approximately $3.5 million to the commonwealth's economy each year. Christmas tree farms, which are often sited on soils that cannot support other crops, stabilize soil, which helps prevent erosion and protect water supplies. When chipped, the trees can be used as a renewable source of energy to be burned as fuel, used as mulch, or composted.
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