South Berkshire motorist killed in collision with freight train at Great Barrington crossing

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A South Berkshire man was killed Thursday afternoon after a freight train struck his Jeep Grand Cherokee at a gated crossing on Maple Avenue.

Gary Cane, 75, of Mount Washington, was traveling west about 1 p.m. when he struck one of the arms of the gates and drove over the tracks, into the path of a 14-car train owned by the Housatonic Railroad Co., according to Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh.

The impact of the collision landed the car on its roof a few feet away at the intersection of Maple and West avenues. The train came to a stop and the operator wasn't hurt, Walsh said.

He noted the gates were down and the lights flashing, indicating the northbound train was approaching.

A state police accident reconstruction team was at the scene throughout the afternoon assisting local police in trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Police closed off Maple Avenue, Route 23, from Main Street to Silver Street for several hours, detouring traffic around the heavily traveled area.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.

Editor's note: This article was updated on April 29, 2016, to correct the spelling of Mr. Cane's last name and the model of the vehicle.


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