Pittsfield police car collides with vehicle on North Street


PITTSFIELD-- A Pittsfield police officer was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after his car collided with a Toyota Corolla on North Street on Saturday afternoon.

Officer Darren Cowell was driving a police cruiser through traffic on North Street to back up another officer in a traffic stop, when the accident occurred, Pittsfield police Sgt. Michael Maddalena said.

Cowell’s vehicle was struck near a traffic light in the middle of the intersection of North Street and Depot Street, he said. A Toyota Corolla, driven by Christine Sala, 45, of Pittsfield, was heading up Depot Street through the North Street intersection when the front of her vehicle struck Cowell’s.

Following the accident, Sala said she was following a green light behind another car through the intersection, when she heard the siren of a fast moving police car and slammed on her brakes. The police car had gone through a red light, she said.

Sala’s car suffered extensive damage to the front. The door of the police car was badly damaged and was towed from the scene.

Cowell was taken to Berkshire Medical Center on a stretcher though he had no visible injuries, Maddalena said. He was being treated for the after-effects of the side door airbag being deployed, he said.

No tickets were issued. The accident remains under investigation.

The crash slowed down traffic on North Street for about a half an hour during noon time, while the accident was being cleaned up.

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