Tuesday July 24, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield police are looking for witnesses to a two-car motor vehicle crash on First Street that sent two people to the hospital Tuesday morning.

Passersby couldn't help but stare at the aftermath: A black Dodge Stratus R/T appeared to be missing its entire trunk because the rear-end collision impacted it so far inward.

A shallow pool of gasoline surrounded the sedan. Firefighters sprayed an aqueous film-forming foam, covering a third of Lot 3 on First Street with fluffy white fuel-absorbing suds.

Across the road, a dark green Honda Accord faced the curb with a compressed and mangled front end.

Pittsfield Police Officer Mike Silver is investigating the crash, which occurred around 7:25 a.m. He said witnesses reported seeing a male, William Borden, 28, of Pittsfield, driving the Honda at a high rate of speed when it crashed into a woman, Barbara Skalski, 52, of Pittsfield, driving the Dodge vehicle.

Sgt. Mark Trapani said that both vehicles were traveling southbound on First Street. The collision occurred just after the traffic light, near the intersection of First and Eagle streets, but the force pushed both vehicles halfway down the road, between Eagle and Fenn streets. Airbags were deployed in both cars.

Jaws of Life were reportedly used to extricate the woman from the Dodge.

Both people were transported to Berkshire Medical Center with what Trapani called "potentially serious" but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police detoured traffic for two hours after the accident in order to let members of the Pittsfield Fire Department and city department of public works clean up the accident scene.

Orange parking cones closed the portion of Lot 3 in the First Street parking lot where fuel was spilled, until the foam evaporated the chemicals.

Pittsfield Police Capt. David Granger said that the department is looking for more witnesses to help with the investigation.

"It took place during rush hour on First Street. There has to be witnesses," he said.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should call Officer Mike Silver at the Pittsfield Police Department at (413) 448-9700, Ext. 409.