Rensselaer man killed in Mass. accident

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A Rensselaer man was killed in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday.

First responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident around 4:10 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of Cold Spring Road and Hancock Road, also known as Five Corners.

Police said a Peter Pan motor-coach bus, a Mazda 3 and a Honda CRV were involved in the crash. Damage to all vehicles was extensive.

Police said the Mazda 3 driven by 57-year-old Patrick Harrigan of Rensselaer was traveling north on Hancock Road and approaching the Five Corners intersection. Harrigan failed to stop for the stop sign/flashing red light and entered the intersection, according to police.

Harrigan’s vehicle was struck by the southbound Peter Pan bus operated by Samuel Cabrera of West Babylon, N.Y.

After the collision, the bus and the Mazda drifted into the northbound lane and clipped a northbound Honda CRV being driven by 81-year-old M. Harry Hull of Hoosick Falls, police said.

Harrigan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sole passenger on the bus was transported to Southern Vermont Medical Center with minor injuries. Cabrera and Hull were treated at the scene and released by medical personnel.

Cold Spring Road was closed for around 4.5 hours to all north and southbound traffic while crews investigated the crash.

The accident is still under investigation.


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