Driver who hit pole in Williamstown crash to be cited


WILLIAMSTOWN -- A Pitts field woman who crash ed her vehicle into a utility pole in Williamstown on Thursday morning will be cited for allegedly driving at a speed too great for the road conditions, according to Williamstown police.

The one-vehicle accident occurred during Thursday morning's snowstorm on Cold Spring Road, part of Route 7, near Mezze Bistro & Bar, around 11:40 a.m.

Luz Ortiz, 52, was allegedly behind the wheel of a 1996 Honda Civic heading northbound with two passengers also in the car. The impact of the crash split a utility pole and required the pole to be replaced.

All three occupants were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by Will iamstown firefighters using the Jaws of Life. All three were transported to Berkshire Medical Center by Village Ambulance with unspecified, non-life-threatening injuries.

The two passengers were identified by the Williams town Police Department as Francisco Gonzalez, 45, of Springfield, and a 13-year-old girl.

Ortiz will be given a non-criminal ticket for driving too fast for the road conditions, Williamstown Police Sgt. Scott McGowan said.

The accident closed down the road for a time, and traffic was limited to one lane during the day as National Grid and Verizon worked to replace the utility pole.


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