Three-car crash on Curran Highway sends three to area hospitals, charges forthcoming


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NORTH ADAMS — Three people including a husband and wife were injured and taken to area hospitals following an early afternoon three-car crash at the intersection of Old State Street and Curran Highway. Charges are pending, police said.

City police Sgt. James Burdick said that Anthony McBride, 83, and his wife Ruth McBride, 84, of Adams, were taken to Berkshire Medical Center South in Pittsfield and 28-year-old Adam Bethoney of Stamford, Vt. was taken to Berkshire Medical Center North after the 1:41 p.m. collision.

Conditions of the victims are not yet available.

Anthony McBride was driving a 2004 Pontiac Vibe northbound and was attempting to make a left turn from Curran Highway when he failed to yield to oncoming traffic and drove into the path of a 2010 GMC pickup truck driven by Bethoney. Bethoney was driving in the southbound lane, Burdick said.

The impact spun McBride's vehicle around and it then struck a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 67-year-old Richard Wade of North Adams.

Burdick was driving a police cruiser directly behind Wade, he said.

"I immediately got out and checked on the people in the vehicles and called for the fire department, the ambulances, and police," he said.

Firefighters had to use cutting tools to get Ruth McBride out of the vehicle, Burdick said. Wade was shaken up but appeared uninjured and was able to drive his car from the scene, Burdick said.

A 2001 Volvo parked in the yard at Mohawk Auto Center, which is adjacent to the crash site, sustained damage to its paint from flying accident debris, Burdick said, A stop sign was knocked down and there was damage to the grassy area around the sign, he said.

North Adams and Adams ambulance services, the North Adams Fire department, and Adams police department assisted at the crash scene. The Vibe and the pickup truck were towed from the scene.

Anthony McBride faces numerous motor vehicle charges, Burdick said. He did not disclose the charges because the investigation is ongoing.


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