Friday October 26, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Two horses were killed and two people were slightly injured -- and badly shaken up -- when their new Ford pickup truck plowed into the animals on a dark stretch of Route 7 on Wednesday night.

A woman and her son were on their way home to Lanesborough when they struck the dark-brown horses shortly after 9 p.m., according to Williamstown Police Officer Shuan William. Only moments earlier, police had received an emergency call about horses loose in the roadway.

"It really must have been nerve-racking for the people in the truck -- they're driving home and all of a sudden, boom," William said. "It was just a tragic accident. It's fortunate that none of the humans were [seriously] hurt, but still tragic."

Police declined to identify the victims or the horses' owner due to the ongoing investigation.

A woman identifying herself as the driver of the truck posted on Facebook a response to an article that appeared Thursday on the Berkshire Eagle website.

"I didn't even see them until one went through my windshield," wrote Jeana Houghtlin Broduer. "I feel extremely bad that it happened and wish that it didn't. I'm just thankful that me and my son walked away with just a few scrapes and bruises."

Efforts to contact Broduer were not successful.

One witness on the scene said the impact crushed the front of the truck, smashed the windshield and left the truck, the victims and the roadway covered in blood.

"We made the determination to close Route 7 because of the cleanup and the size of the accident area," William said.

The road was closed from Brodie Mountain Road in Lanesborough to Five Corn ers in Williamstown for about an hour and 45 minutes.

William said it was not clear how the horses, which lived on a farm in South Williamstown, ended up on the roadway. The ages of the horses were unknown.

Both victims were transported to Berkshire Medical center, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

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