Berkshire roads turn icy, leading to several accidents


Several accidents, most of them resulting in minor injuries, were reported throughout the Berkshires Monday as a mix of snow and ice covered the county.

Snow fell for much of the day across the region, but it began mixing with sleet and freezing rain later in the afternoon, creating a slushy, slippery mess on the roads. Snowfall at around 3 p.m. was reported to be around 1 or 2 inches across most of the region, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.

At around 4:20 p.m., 73-year-old Virginia Ford, of Williamstown, was heading westbound on Brodie Mountain Road when she lost control of her vehicle and slid off the right side of the road, according to Lanesborough Police Sgt. Gary Kirby.

He said Ford was transported to Berkshire Medical Center by Lanesborough ambulance for minor injuries and complaints of back pain.

A head-on collision involving a van containing children was reported at about 4:10 p.m. at the intersection of Newell and East streets in Pittsfield, but no further information was available by press time.

Conditions improved as the day went on in Adams, a dispatcher said. There were at least three weather-related accidents earlier in the day, and a couple of people were transported for non-serious injuries from one of the wrecks, the dispatcher said.

There were two minor accidents in Dalton because of the weather, and nothing major in Lee or Great Barrington, according to town dispatchers.

The spotty wintry mix was expected to taper off overnight, giving way to temperatures around 40 today.

"It should warm up enough to where the freezing precipitation will end," said Warren Snyder, the science and operations officer at the National Weather Service in Albany.

Plenty of melting is in store for Wednesday, as temperatures approach the lower 50s, Snyder said.

But the thaw is likely to be short-lived, with more seasonable temperatures expected to return to the Berkshires by Thursday.

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