Firefighters free motorist from Route 9 wreck; light snow made for slippery driving
This story was corrected to state that the first accident occurred near routes 9 and 8A.
WINDSOR — Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove a commuter from a car wreck Monday morning on Route 9.
That accident occurred at about 7:40 a.m., shortly before another accident farther down Route 9 near the Dalton line. Icy road conditions accompanied the crashes.
Near the high point of Route 9 near Route 8A, a green Ford F250 pickup truck had collided with a white Nissan Altima.
State police said a driver at that location had to be extricated; both drivers — the sole occupants of each vehicle — were taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center to be treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening, said Windsor Police Chief Thomas Barnaby.
Barnaby said the cause of the crash was under investigation, but that citations likely were to be issued.
"Speed was a factor in the accident," he said.
Near the Dalton line, a 2001 gray Jeep Wrangler was on the north side the roadway, also facing nose first toward the travel lanes; there were no injuries, according to Dalton Police.
State police assisted the Windsor Police, Dalton Police and the Windsor Fire Department as they attended to the vehicles and occupants at the scenes.
There was a dusting of snow in the early morning hours from the hilltowns down to the flats in Dalton and Pittsfield; this created slippery conditions on the roadways in some areas. The National Weather Service estimated that snow showers would cease by 9 a.m.
The sun will be out for much of the day, with temperatures near 33 and wind gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of additional snow is 20 percent, according the weather service.
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