Friday December 14, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- A Williamstown man who suffered serious injuries in an accident Wednesday night is being charged with third offense driving under the influence following the crash.

Police Sgt. Scott McGowan said Edgar A. Bump, 40, of Mill Street, has been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, passing in violation of pavement markings, speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt.

McGowan said Bump was traveling westbound on North Hoosac Road in a 2000 Chevy Blazer when he attempted to pass another driver, lost control of his vehicle and struck a telephone pole.

"Based on my investigation, we concluded that his blood alcohol content was the significant contributing factor to the crash, in addition to the speed violation," McGowan said Thursday afternoon.

At 9:24 p.m., the Williamstown Police Department, Williamstown Fire District and Village Ambulance Service responded to the one-car accident in the 100 block of North Hoosac Road near the North Adams line.

Officer Preston Kelly was the first on the scene and located Bump inside the heavily damaged vehicle. Kelly provided medical treatment until the Fire Department extricated Bump from the vehicle.

Village Ambulance transported Bump to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Thursday night.

North Hoosac Road was closed from 9:24 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. due to the investigation and for road cleanup. Traffic was detoured at the intersection of Cole Avenue and North Hoosac Road by Williamstown Police.

North Adams Police detoured traffic at the intersection of Massachusetts and Ashton avenues.

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