NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man died Sunday evening after apparently being stricken while driving, and veering into an oncoming vehicle.

Stanley Bednarz, 74, was driving south on Church Street about 9 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his 2005 Nissan sedan and struck a northbound 2008 Hyundai SUV near the Peter W. Foote Vienam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, police said.

"It is believed Bednarz suffered a medical emergency which resulted of his loss of ability to operate his motor vehicle," according to a press release issued Monday by North Adams Police Lt. Jason Wood. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to have played a role in the accident, the report said.

Bednarz was transported to the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center, but died shortly after arriving at the emergency department.

Three other people were transported to the hospital by North Adams Ambulance, but their injuries did not appear to be life threatening, the report said.

The driver of the Hyundai SUV was identified as Samantha Spooner of North Adams.

The investigation into remains open.

Church Street was closed for about five hours as the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate.

North Adams Police and Fire departments also responded to the accident.

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