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August 29, 2014

Templeton Woman Dies in Two-Car Crash in Pelham

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:05 pm

PELHAM, Mass. (WGGB) — A woman killed in a two-car crash on Route 202 in Pelham Thursday has been identified as a Templeton resident.

83-year-old, Theresa Brooks died in the crash which happened at about 8:30 in the evening near Shutesbury Road.   The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office made the announcement Friday.

The operator of the vehicle, 54-year-old Keith Boudreau of Gardner, was traveling north at the time of the accident.  Police say that he was attempting to pass a Hyundai which was also traveling north, in a legal passing zone.  But the Hyundai suddenly turned left.  That’s when the two cars collided, causing the vehicle driven by Boudreau to skid out of control.  It then went over a guardrail and down an embankment.

Both Brooks and Boudreau were taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center.  The driver of the Hyundai, a 20-year-old Raynham man, was not injured.

The hospital reports that Boudreau is in “good condition.”

The investigation into this crash by the Pelham Police Department, the DA’s Office and the State Police continues.

Source: WGGB

3 Injured in I-95 Car Crash in Attleboro, Mass.

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:03 pm

Three people were seriously injured in a major car crash on Interstate 95 near Attleboro, Massachusetts, Thursday evening, prompting authorities to shut down traffic in multiple lane and disrupting traffic, state police said.

They said at around 6 p.m., a 2005 Ford Explorer traveling northbound near Exit 3 in Attleboro crossed the median and struck a car head-on in the southbound lane. A third vehicle traveling southbound was also involved in the crash.

Massachusetts State Police said the driver of the Explorer, a 33-year-old Stoughton man, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. Attleboro Fire Department also took a 21-year-old Attleboro man with serious injuries and a 52-year-old Providence, Rhode Island, man with potentially serious injuries to Rhode Island Hospital, according to state police.

Earlier sources indicated a medical helicopter was at the scene; however, state police said that while one did respond, the request was canceled before it had landed.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, state police said.

Traffic was at a near standstill, with cars passing on the grass shoulder, until about 8:30 p.m., when all lanes reopened.

Source: NECN

Father, daughter killed in car-motorcycle crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:02 pm

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an SUV driver who struck and killed a father and daughter on a motorcycle in Easthampton was under the influence of narcotics.

Prosecutors and police said Friday that the motorcycle driver, 62-year-old Edward McGrath of Holyoke, was riding with his 29-year-old daughter Brittney McGrath of Brooklyn, New York. The McGraths were heading north on Route 5 just after 3 p.m. Thursday when police said a southbound car driven by 45-year-old James Ainsworth of Springfield crossed into their lane and hit them head-on.

Ainsworth pleaded not guilty Friday in Northampton to charges including felony motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence and heroin possession. He is held on $100,000 cash bail. His passenger, 27-year-old Christina Dunlap of Greenfield, is held on $2,500 cash bail after pleading not guilty to heroin possession and a Florida fugitive charge.

Source: Boston.com

August 28, 2014

Missing F-15 Pilot from Barnes Confirmed Dead

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:06 pm

DEERFIELD, Va. (WGGB) — Officials have confirmed that the pilot of the F-15C that crashed Wednesday in western Virginia was killed.

Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, the pilot of an F-15C made a radio communication that there was an in-flight emergency.

Air traffic controllers in Washington then lost contact with the aircraft.

A short time later, the plane was reported to have crashed in a heavily wooded, mountainous area of the Shenandoah Valley in Deerfield, Va.

Over the last 36 hours, emergency crews were searching from the air and on the ground searching for the pilot.

Col. James Keefe, Commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, says that due to conditions at the site, investigators were not able safely enter the site until late Thursday afternoon.

Once there, it was found that the pilot was deceased from what Keefe says were “injuries sustained during the crash.”

Keefe also notes that the pilot did not safely eject from the aircraft, and explained that it was too early to tell why the pilot didn’t eject.

The pilot’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Mass. Governor Deval Patrick also released a statement, saying:

“This is a very sad day for the Guard and for Massachusetts. Throughout the last couple of days, as we learned the circumstances of this accident, we held out hope that the pilot would be found and returned safely to his family. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, the Wing Command and all the Members of the Massachusetts National Guard.”

State Senator Don Humason from Westfield added his condolences to the family and the members of the unit, saying:

“I join with the men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes in the feelings of senseless loss and profound sadness. The Barnestormers are a close knit group and are like part of the family of all of us in the greater Westfield area. When any part of that family is lost all of us mourn. My most sincere condolences to the pilot’s family, his co-workers, and fellow warriors. In war and in peace it is still a dangerous job that few do as well, or as proudly and professionally, as the members of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. God bless them all. Rest in Peace.”

The F-15C was on its way to Naval Air Station New Orleans to receive an upgrade to its radar system.

The investigation in the crash remains ongoing.

ABC40 will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

August 20, 2014

4 Injured in Boating Accident

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 6:30 am

A wrecked boat was towed away from Lake Avenue in Worcester, Massachusetts Wednesday morning.

Overnight, police say four people were thrown from the boat when it crashed into a construction barge on Lake Quinsigamond. All of the passengers were taken to the hospital, one of them now suffering serious injuries.

According to police, the boat hit a barge at Middlesex Corporation around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The construction company is building the nearby Burns Bridge replacement project. Police say the boat capsized.

Witness Ed Niziolek says firefighters cut the gate lock and rescued the boaters.

Authorities are looking into the possibility that the barge safety lights were not working when the boat crashed.

Environmental police say Gregory Polito, 50, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, was driving the boat. He was taken to the hospital along with a 49-year-old Shrewsbury woman, a 26-year-old Northbridge woman, and a 28-year-old Millbury man.

The 28-year-old is in critical condition. Worcester Police say he has serious internal and head injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Source: CSNNE.com

Two People Transported Following Four Car Crash in Longmeadow

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 6:28 am

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Two people were taken to the hospital following a multi-vehicle crash in Longmeadow.

Longmeadow Police Capt. John Stankiewicz says that just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to the intersection of Bliss Road and Laurel Street following a report of a crash involving several cars.

When crews arrived, they found three cars that sustained heavy damage, and one that had minor damage.

Stankiewicz adds that one driver was taken to Baystate Medical Center with what appear to be serious injuries, while another driver was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

The two other drivers and their three passengers were evaluated by paramedics on-scene and refused treatment.

The intersection was closed for several hours while police investigated and worked to clear the scene. That area was reopened to traffic around 3:20 p.m.

Stankiewicz explains that “the initial investigation determined that one of the vehicles ran a red light,’ bu adds that the crash remains under investigation by Longmeadow Police, with assistance from the Mass. State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.

Source: WGGB

Massachusetts teen killed in motorcycle crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 6:25 am

STURBRIDGE, Mass. — A teenager has died following a motorcycle crash in Sturbridge.

Police said 16-year-old Colin Krenzul, who lived in the town of Holland, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the accident on Leadmine Road at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

No other vehicles were involved.

Police told The Republican newspaper of Springfield  that the teen was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and had a valid motorcycle permit.

Krenzul was a student at Tantansqua Regional High School in Sturbridge.

State and local police are investigating.

Source: Boston Herald

August 19, 2014

Driver killed when car rolls over, hits tree

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 6:23 am

BOSTON —Massachusetts State Police said one person was killed after the car the person was driving rolled over and slammed into a tree in Jamaica Plain Monday night.

State Police said the preliminary investigation on Morton Street revealed the vehicle, for unknown reasons, left the roadway, rolled over and crashed into a tree.

The driver, identified as Lawrence Mulhern, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police Troop H with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Station along with the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit.

The eastbound side of Morton Street is currently closed at Harvard Street while the crash is under investigation.

Source: WCVB

August 17, 2014

1 Dead in Skydiving Accident

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 6:26 am

A man died in a skydiving accident at an airport in Pepperell, Massachusetts, Sunday morning.

The jumper was identified as 37-year-old Daniel Pelrine of Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood.

Authorities say Pelrine was an experienced jumper and the parachute was open during the landing at Pepperell Airport.

It is unclear how the accident happened, but the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, Massachusetts State Police and airport officials are investigating.

Source: NECN

August 15, 2014

Woman Dead After Head-On Crash on Route 2 in Athol

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 6:49 pm

ATHOL, Mass. (AP) — One woman is dead after a four-vehicle crash on Route 2 in Athol police think was caused by a driver trying to pass in the breakdown lane.

State police say a 25-year-old Shirley woman was trying to pass in the eastbound breakdown lane at about 3 p.m. Thursday when she struck two other vehicles. One, a Toyota Prius, veered into the westbound lane where it was struck by a tractor-trailer.

A passenger in the Toyota, 68-year-old Carole Lawton, of Arlington, was killed. The driver, a 67-year-old Arlington man, was taken to a Worcester hospital with serious injuries.

The highway was shut down in both directions for more than four hours.

No other names were released.

The investigation is ongoing and no one has been charged.

Source: Boston.com

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