Back-to-back vehicle accidents at South Street intersection hurt 4

PITTSFIELD — Four people were injured, including a young boy, following back-to-back motor vehicle crashes near the Country Club of Pittsfield during Tuesday's afternoon commute.

Around 4 p.m., Matthew Hoag, 25, of Cheshire was traveling north on South Street at the South Mountain Road intersection when police say his 2004 Honda Accord rear-ended a 2007 Hyundai Elantra driven by 71-year-old Manzelle Morton of Pittsfield. Northbound traffic slowed as both drivers pulled their cars off to the side of the road.

Moments later, the slowing traffic came to a stop because of a three-car chain-reaction collision also in the northbound lane.

Police say 17-year-old Cedric Rose was operating a 2009 Ford Focus when he hit from behind the 2016 Hyundai Sonata driven by Ashlee Pemble, 30, with her 5-year-old son and 27-year-old Shaniqua Reale as passengers. The impact caused Pemble's car to bump the vehicle in front of her, a 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor driven by 67-year-old Patricia Duma. All involved in the second crash are from Pittsfield.

Morton and Reale were taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where their condition was unknown at press time. Pemble and her son were treated and released from BMC, according to police.

Both accidents that backed up traffic in both directions on South Street remain under investigation.


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