Two men die after crash into flood chute

NORTH ADAMS – A fatal motor vehicle accident on Canal Street claimed the lives of two men early Sunday morning.

Christopher Stanley, 28, of Clarksburg, and his passenger, Chad Miller, 31, of North Adams, died in the accident, in which the pickup truck they were riding in was found overturned in the flood-control chute off Canal Street, a news release from the North Adams Police Department stated.

According to the news release, a police officer patrolling the area of Canal Street at about 2:42 a.m. saw that a portion of the chain-link fence stretching from near the intersection with Union Street to near the Eagle street intersection was knocked down.

“Upon further investigation of the damaged fence, Officer [Brad] Vivori discovered a red 2002 GMC Sierra on its roof in the flood-control chute,” the news release said.

Stanley and Miller, who were pronounced dead at the scene, were found inside the vehicle.

The concrete flood-control chutes passing through the city are typically 12 feet deep and 45 feet wide, according to a river restoration study on the Hoosic River Revival Coalition’s website.

Officer Al Zoito said Sunday that it’s believed the vehicle was traveling west on Canal Street at the time. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, he said. Police could not confirm Sunday how long the pickup truck was in the flood-control chute before it was discovered.

The accident is being investigated by the North Adams Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to call the North Adams Police Department at 413-664-4944.

Besides the North Adams Police Department, the North Adams Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance Service responded to the accident.

The Williamstown Police Department also responded to assist with traffic, as Canal Street was closed until about 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

By Sunday afternoon, an orange fence, traffic cones and flowers marked the location where the pickup truck had gone through the fence.