Bus-car collision takes a life in Williamstown


WILLIAMSTOWN -- State and town police were investigating a collision between a bus and a car that killed one man Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m.

It appeared a Peter Pan bus headed south on Route 7 t-boned on the driver's side a late-model red Mazda headed east on Route 43, killing the Mazda's operator.

The accident occurred in front of The Store at Five Corners at the intersection of Routes 43 and 7.

An extrication device was used by Williamstown firefighters to remove the Mazda's operator from the vehicle. It remains unclear when the victim was pronounced dead. No other passengers were present in the car.

Police have not identified the victim pending notification of the family.

The bus carried one passenger in addition to the driver. The driver was uninjured, and the passenger suffered bumps and bruises.

Andrew Hoagland, a member of the Williamstown Board of Selectmen, lives near the scene and said he heard the collision.

"I heard the noise and called the police," he said. "It was a couple of big bangs."

Traffic on Route 7 was detoured over Brodie Mountain Road for several hours while investigators worked at the scene.

A state police accident reconstruction team continued work at the site into Wednesday evening.

"We've got everybody up there," State Police Officer Glen Langerwall said.


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