PITTSFIELD -- A 61-year-old city woman was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after being stuck by a BRTA bus at the intersection of West and Center streets in Pittsfield.
The accident occurred shortly after noontime, during a busy commuting hour at the heavily trafficked intersection.
Witnesses told police the woman, who has not been identified, was allegedly crossing the intersection from the area of Big Y Supermarket at the crosswalk heading east on West Street, near Greylock Federal Credit Union.
At the same time, bus No. 2680, traveling the No. 4 Dalton-Hinsdale route, was apparently making a left-hand turn from West Street into the northbound lane of Center Street when it struck the female pedestrian. Charles Hillard, a 63-year-old city resident, piloted the bus.
Police say the woman was unresponsive when emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene. She was rushed to Berkshire Medical Center and may be facing life-threatening injuries, according to Police Sgt. Mark Trapani.
The supervisor at Berkshire Medical Center reported the victim was in critical condition at roughly 10 p.m. on Thursday night.
Orange traffic cones were set across some traffic lanes at the intersection to detour traffic around the accident scene. Trapani said the detour may be up for the rest of the afternoon.
Hillard appeared shaken by the accident. It was unclear if passengers were on board.
Police are investigating details such as who had the right of way, whether a crosswalk signal was being utilized at the time and the rate of speed the bus was traveling at. Pittsfield Police Officer James McIntyre asked any witnesses who might have information about the accident to call him at 413-448-9700 ext. 341.
Lt. Jeffrey Bradford said that BRTA buses contain on-board video cameras and said the camera footage will be reviewed as part of the investigation.
A message left for the BRTA was not immediately returned.