NORTH ADAMS -- A 31-year-old city woman died early Wednesday morning when the vehicle she was riding in struck a utility pole on West Main Street.
North Adams Police Department Sgt. James Burdick said Erika Rock was ejected from the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by her father, Kenneth Rock, 58, when the vehicle crashed into a utility pole.
Emergency crews arrived on scene shortly after 1:15 a.m., and transported Rock via ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.
The nature of Erika's injuries were unavailable as of press time and it's unclear what, if any injuries her father suffered.
A spokesperson for North Adams Regional Hospital could not confirm Kenneth Rock as a patient Wednesday afternoon.
According to Burdick, the vehicle was traveling eastbound on West Main Street in the area of Goodrich Avenue when it veered off the road and struck a utility pole. The vehicle then struck a concrete retaining wall and crossed over into the westbound lane, where it hit another pole.
The first telephone pole was "sheared off by the impact," Burdick said.
"The circumstance are currently being investigated by the North Adams Police Department and the State Police Accident Reconstruction Team," Burdick said.
Police declined comment on whether speed, drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash and if Kenneth Rock could face any criminal charges and said that the investigation is ongoing.
National Grid was notified of the broken pole, as well as wires being down. Repair crews worked to replace the utility pole Wednesday morning.
The road being closed for several hours while emergency crews cleared the scene.
North Adams Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance Service also responded to the accident. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Mohawk Auto.
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