3 hurt, 1 seriously, in Pittsfield traffic accident

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PITTSFIELD — A 40-year-old city man was in critical condition after a two-car crash on Columbus Avenue on Saturday morning. 

Just before 10 a.m., police and rescuers responded to Columbus Avenue and Center Street, where Soutier's 2009 Lincoln MKZ had collided with a 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

Soutier was traveling eastbound on Columbus, approaching the intersection, when he collided with the Elantra operated by Jaime Adorno, 35, of Pittsfield. The impact caused Soutier's car to spin and, after striking the southside curb of Columbus, roll onto the driver's side, the statement said.

Portions of Columbus and Center were closed for about 2 1/2 hours while police investigated.

Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Noyes, who had control of the scene, said that when the crash occurred in front of the Fire Department's headquarters, firefighters realized that Soutier and a woman were inside the car.

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"We had two people still in the car," he said. "We cut the windshield out and one of the occupants crawled out."

Soutier still was trapped, so firefighters then tore off the car roof and removed him.

"He had significant injuries," Noyes said.

When Soutier arrived at the hospital he was in critical but stable condition, police said.

The names of both passengers were not released.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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