Driver seriously hurt in collision with tractor-trailer in Pittsfield

By Amanda Drane, The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man was seriously injured Monday morning after his car collided with a tractor-trailer on West Housatonic Street. Louis E.

Matney Jr., 38, was heading east in a 2007 Ford Freestyle shortly before noon when he collided with a westbound 2019 International Semi-Truck, driven by Christopher Anderson, 33, of Troy, N.Y., according to Pittsfield Police Sgt. Marc Maddalena. Matney was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, Maddalena said.

According to a Monday evening news release, Matney was in stable condition within the hospital’s intensive care unit. The truck driver did not appear to be injured. There was no one else in either vehicle.The road remained closed from Lebanon Avenue to Jones Avenue through 5 p.m. Meantime, Maddalena reconstructed the crash and crews with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the city’s Highway Division worked to address oil and gas, which was leaking from the truck.”There’s a lot of hazardous fluids in the roadway,” Maddalena said at the scene, as the smell of diesel wafted over the area. The department also informed the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection about the spill, police said, and a hazardous waste cleanup crew from J.

H. Maxymillian came to clear the street.The cause of the crash remained unclear Monday afternoon. “I’m not sure exactly what happened, yet,” Maddalena said. “That’s what we’re here to figure out.” In the Monday evening news release, Maddalena asked witnesses to contact him at 413-448-9700, ext.

575.Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

“I’m not sure exactly what happened, yet,” Maddalena said. “That’s what we’re here to figure out.” In the Monday evening news release, Maddalena asked witnesses to contact him at 413-448-9700, ext.

575.Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

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