PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A construction worker was struck and killed in a work zone by an elderly driver Thursday morning.

According to Pittsfield Police Lt. Marc Maddalena, at around 7:52 a.m. police, fire, and EMTs were called to the area of the 700 block of West Street for a report of a motor vehicle that struck a pedestrian. That portion of the road was under construction at the time.

Maddalena said that 87-year-old Edward Ladouceur of Pittsfield was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado eastbound on West Street. When he approached the construction zone, the eastbound side was closed and Ladouceur was directed by a flagger into the westbound side when he struck a worker in the roadway.

The construction worker, 49-year-old Shane Cassavant of Lanesboro, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where he died due to his injuries.

West Street from Roberta Road to Tor Court was closed for approximately three hours and has since reopened.

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