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Two North Adams schools forced to close early after a vehicle crashes into a telephone pole

NORTH ADAMS — A man is facing several charges after police say he crashed his car into into a telephone pole on Route 2 on Tuesday morning, knocking out power on the city’s west side.

Grant Amos fled on foot after the crash but later turned himself in, according to North Adams Police Sgt. Preston Kelly.

The crash occurred around 9 a.m. near the intersection with Notch Road. Amos’ car hit a pole, knocking it over and damaging a second one. More than 250 National Grid customers in the area lost power, including Greylock and Brayton elementary schools, which were forced to close early.

Amos appeared to have minor injuries, according to Kelly. He told police he fell asleep at the wheel before crashing into the pole.

Amos faces charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license and a charge related to leaving the scene of a crime of property damage.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6272.


Greta Jochem, a Report for America Corps member, joined the Eagle in 2021. Previously, she was a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She is also a member of the investigations team.

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