Four pedestrians struck in Great Barrington crosswalk

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Four people were struck in a crosswalk on Friday morning on Main Street by a southbound driver. Police reported all suffered "non-life-threatening" injuries.

According to Police Chief William R. Walsh, an 87-year-old woman was driving south on Main Street at about 10:49 a.m. when she struck a group of people at the Main Street-Railroad Street crosswalk.

The group included two women, an 11-month-old female child in a stroller and a 3-year-old girl.

The driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was uninjured, according to Walsh.

Police did not release the name of the driver. She will be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

All four victims were transported to Berkshire Medical Center by ambulance. Their names were not released.

"Pedestrian safety is a major priority for everyone in our community," said Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin. She urged drivers in town to be aware of the crosswalks along the Main Street corridor.

In 2015, according to Eagle files, a man on a scooter was struck in the crosswalk on South Main Street in front of Eastern Mountain Medical Associates, by a southbound vehicle. The victim was not seriously injured.

The last major Main Street crosswalk accident was in 2011, when a man was struck by a southbound driver at the Main Street-Rotary Way crosswalk. The victim was not badly injured.

The town has recently completed a major upgrade of the street that included repainting all the crosswalks in town.

In addition to Great Barrington Police, the Sheffield and Monterey police departments, the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad and the North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps were also on the scene, Walsh said.


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