WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — No one was injured early Monday morning when an 18-wheeler overturned at the notorious junction of Routes 2 and 7 near Margaret Lindley Park.
Williamstown Police reported on Facebook that the single vehicle accident occurred at about 5 a.m. and warned that motorists should expect "intermittent delays" through mid-afternoon while the scene was cleared.
"[A] tractor trailer carrying food products flipped over at the Cold Spring Road/Taconic Trail intersection," police reported at about 8:15 Monday morning.
As of about 8:30, traffic was going in both directions without impediment. The truck lay on its side, well off the road, on the property of the A-Frame Bakery facing south.
Skid marks were visible in the intersection curving south from the Taconic Trail (Route 2) onto Cold Spring Road (Route 7) and leading to the overturned 18-wheeler.
A wrecker was on the scene waiting to remove the vehicle, but first its cargo of FairLife milk products needed to be off-loaded onto another truck, which was en route, according to emergency personnel at the scene.
The most visible damage to the A-Frame property was to its road sign sign, which apparently was knocked down in the accident and was leaning up against the side of the building.
Williamstown Fire Department personnel, who were on scene monitoring the situation — in part because of an oil leak from the tractor trailer — said that the truck struck one of the large, purple concrete barriers that the bakery installed to protect its property from runaway vehicles coming down the hill on the Taconic Trail.
The intersection is well known to be a point of concern in town and has been the site of many incidents over the years. A runaway truck ramp is available to vehicles coming down Route 2 (east) into the junction, but there have been criticisms in the past that there is not enough warning or time for truckers to react going into the well traveled intersection.
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