WILLIAMSTOWN — Police responded to two motor vehicle accidents over the Halloween evening that could have ended badly but thankfully did not.
The first incident involved a trick-or-treater being struck by a motor vehicle on Thursday evening. The second accident, which took place early Friday morning, involved a motorist colliding with a large pine tree that had fallen down on power lines. No serious personal injuries were reported in these accidents.
The accident involving a child was reported at 6:17 p.m. Thursday, along Cole Avenue. The full police report was still being processed on Friday afternoon, but Police Chief Kyle Johnson said, "it appears the child entered the roadway from behind parked cars." No major injuries were reported by the child or driver, and there were no damages to the vehicle. The child was transported to Berkshire Health North in North Adams for a precautionary evaluation.
Williamstown was one of only a handful of towns that did not postpone trick or treat because of anticipated inclement weather. Johnson said the rest of trick or treat, which took place between 6 and 7:30 p.m., went without any other reported incidents.
"After 7:30, that's when the weather got worse," Johnson said. He said officers were dispatched throughout the evening to check the integrity of roads and residences because of outages caused by downed power lines, trees and branches.
He said the biggest issue was when a "huge pine tree" came down overnight on Cold Spring Road, in the vicinity of the 1896 House Pondside Country Inn. Police were dispatched to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Friday, after a driver in a Cadillac Escalade struck the tree, which had landed in the roadway and taken down power lines.
Johnson said the vehicle was a total loss, but the driver was OK. Traffic was detoured as the accident scene was cleared, and Cold Spring Road reopened for two-way traffic by 6:30 a.m. A police traffic detail unit remained in the area through Friday afternoon as utility crews worked to repair the damaged lines.