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Curran Highway Crash Reduces Traffic To One Lane

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An accident reduced traffic on Curran Highway to one lane for about an hour late Wednesday afternoon.

Police on the scene declined to provide information on how many cars were involved or if there were injuries.

However, witnesses on the scene said they saw two people being treated in ambulances and two vehicles were seen with damage, one of which sustained heavy damage to the front end and windshield.

Initial reports stated four vehicles may have been involved. Two additional cars were on the scene but it is unclear if they were directly involved in the crash.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. in front of the North Adams Plaza. The road was reduced to one lane and reopened around 5 p.m.



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Adams Accident Closes Route 8

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

One person was transported to the hospital and another was treated at the scene. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Police said.
ADAMS, Mass. — A two vehicle accident on Commercial Street sent one person to the hospital and closed Route 8 for 30 to 45 minutes on Tuesday afternoon.

A southbound Chevy 1/2 ton pickup truck collided with a Toyota Solara attempting to exit Elm Street across from Aladco just after 3 p.m. The car spun into the Aladco parking lot and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

One person was transported by ambulance to the hospital and another was treated at the scene. Police said the injuries did not appear to be serious.

The roadway was opened a few minutes after 4 p.m. No further information was immediately available.
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Crash In Adams Breaks Pole, Sends 2 To Hospital

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ADAMS, Mass. — A pickup truck that tangled with a utility pole sent two people to the hospital early  Tuesday evening.

A gray 2011 Dodge Dakota Big Horn with Connecticut plates collided with a pole along the northbound lane of Howland Avenue, just across from Ronnie's Cycle Shop, cracking the pole near its base and smashing in the truck's front end. Parts of the truck's front bumper were scattered 20 to 30 feet north of the impact.

The driver, Amitpal Kharbanda, 28, of Summer Street, and her passenger, Donald Harding, 29, were taken to North Adams Regional Hospital. Police said the truck was a rental.

The crash happened about 5:21 p.m. It was not clear why the truck had veered into the pole and there were no apparent skid marks. Police were on the scene taking measurements.

Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the driver and passenger were being transported by Adams Ambulance Service to hospital. He said the original report had indicated that the vehicle was a tractor-trailer truck but that was not the case.

National Grid had been informed of the broken pole and were en route, said Goyette. A new pole was already lying along the roadside so the electrical company may have already been planning to replace the broken pole.

Adams Fire, Police and Ambulance Service responded to the scene and cones were set up to detour traffic around the immediate area.

Both occupants of the vehicle were transported from the scene by about 6 p.m. and National Grid had not yet arrived.

At 11 p.m., National Grid was still working on replacing the pole.

The accident is still under investigation and no cause had yet been determined.

Updated with names, more detail, and minor rewrites at 11 p.m.



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Structure Fire Off North Summer Street In Adams

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Adams firefighters were helped  by fire departments from Cheshire and Clarksburg.
Update: 9:47 p.m., minor rewrites, April 17, 2012.

ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters battled a blaze at 3 Baskin Lane that was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Clarksburg and Cheshire fire departments also responded.

Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the fire started in the first-floor apartment but the cause was not yet determined. It was called in around 6 p.m.

"We're on more of a defensive mode, which means we're working the fire mostly from the outside," Goyette, as firefighters contained the blaze at about 7:30 p.m. "We're slowly making our way back inside so we can go back on offensive."

Goyette said the fire was showing from the eaves of the apartment house when the Fire Department arrived. Firefighters initiated a two-prong attack in the first floor and on the outside but there were concerns for firefighters' safety because the roof was buckling.
By 7 p.m., the middle section of the roof had collapsed. The windy conditions, however, turned out to be beneficial by aiding in ventilation.

He said an older gentleman was assisted from the building before firefighters arrived and taken to the hospital. His name and condition were not yet known.

The building is currently uninhabitable and all utilities have been shut off. It was not clear how many occupants are affected by the fire. The property is listed in the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds as being owned by Mark A. Kurpiel.

No firefighters had been injured at publication time. Cheshire Fire Department responded with its rapid intervention team and Clarksburg responded with manpower. North Adams stood by at the station and North Adams Ambulance Service joined Adams Ambulance at the scene.

We were supposed to drill on Lime Street tonight but obviously that didn't happen," said Goyette. "This is what we were going to do ... we were going to do a structure fire."



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North Adams Teen Arraigned on School Bus Theft

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A North Adams teenager was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday for allegedly stealing a school bus on Sunday.

Brandone Bolte, 17, was pleaded not guilty to single counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to the North Adams Transcript.

Adams Police say the Dufour bus was taken from Adams on Sunday and driven to Richmond. Bolte was pulled over and arrested Sunday evening and held at the Adams Police Station until Monday's arraigment.

The larceny charge carries penalties of up to 15 years in prison or 2 1/2 in jail, depending on if the larceny is charged as a felony.

Operating a school bus requires a Commercial Driver's License, as well as passenger and school bus endorsement, and a School Bus Driver Certificate from the Department of Public Utilities, according to the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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