To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I want to thank the anonymous road angels who helped us on the stormy day of Dec. 17. My sister and her family were driving me from Williamstown to the Albany, N.Y. airport following my annual visit home to spend time with my elderly mom. On the top of the mountain at Petersburg Pass, a tractor-trailer coming uphill from New York jackknifed across the road. We had a choice to either drive into the trailer or go off the road. We chose the ditch and became hung-up.

I fully expected us to be sideswiped by the box. He missed us. Thank God we were not injured. We were in an area with little to no cellphone service -- help was not a phone call away. The truck driver continued on his journey into Massachusetts. He saw what happened and didn’t stop to see if we were OK. We later learned he forced another car off the road.

Road angels came along, and in spite of the driving snow and bitter temperatures, helped us get out of the ditch. They pushed, dug, shoveled and pushed some more. One had a strong rope and towed us until we could get traction.

I missed my flight to my home in sunny Florida, but another few days with my family was a bonus. These men cared enough about total strangers stuck in a nasty storm in a dangerous area to help.

Thank you gentlemen. I don’t know who you are or where you are. You may never know of this letter but I believe it is important to acknowledge random acts of kindness. Your kindness will always be remembered.



Holiday, Fla.

The writer is a former resident of Williamstown.