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January 25, 2015

Massachusetts man killed in Bethel single-vehicle crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:10 pm

BETHEL, Maine — A Massachusetts man driving on Sunday River Road died when he crashed his car into a snowbank that launched him into a utility pole early Saturday morning, Oxford County Sheriff Sgt. Tim Holland said Sunday.

Mickael Jette, 25, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, was driving south in a 2006 Volvo sedan when he crashed at about 2:40 a.m., the sergeant said. Jette died at the scene.

“When he hit the snowbank, he bolted [his car] into the utility pole,” Holland said.

The utility pole carries the main power line to the Sunday River area and was damaged by the impact that knocked out power to the area for a short time.

“We couldn’t get near the pole because the line was hanging,” Hollard said.

Rescue crews had to wait for Central Maine Power workers to arrive and clear away the active power line.

Investigators have discovered a few details about the time leading up to Jette’s fatal crash but are still looking for information.

“He came up Friday night, and we know he was staying in Sunday River,” Holland said.

Jette graduated from Shrewsbury High School in his hometown and went on to attend Northeastern University, where he played lacrosse as a senior in 2013, according to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association website.

“He was quite adventurous,” Holland said. “His parents said he just got back a couple weeks ago from Costa Rica. He had a good future in front of him.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation, Holland said, adding that Jette was wearing a seat belt.

“We haven’t ruled anything out yet,” the sergeant said. “We are in the infancy stages of the investigation.”

Source: Bangor Daily

January 24, 2015

Rhode Island man killed in Massachusetts highway crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:11 pm

HOPKINTON, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police say a Rhode Island man has died after his car went out of control on northbound Interstate 495 west of Boston and was hit by a truck.

Police have not said that the 1:40 p.m. Saturday accident was weather-related but about 5 inches of snow had fallen in the area.

Police said the 48-year-old Cranston man was driving a 2008 Hyundai sedan in the middle lane when it went out of control and struck the left and right guardrails just north of Exit 21 in Hopkinton.

Police said the driver of a tractor-trailer behind the man tried slow down but struck his car.

The Hyundai driver was pronounced dead at a hospital. The truck driver, a 33-year-old Northborough man, wasn’t injured.

The left two lanes of the highway were closed for several hours.

Source: Boston Herald

January 23, 2015

Man injured, dog killed in Boston school bus accident

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:13 pm

BOSTON (AP) – Boston police say a man was seriously injured and his dog died after they were struck by a school bus in the city’s South End.

Authorities say the man and his dog were struck by the bus at about 7:30 a.m. Friday at Columbus Avenue and Dartmouth Street. Officials said about 21 students were on the bus at the time, but none of them was injured.

The man’s name and condition haven’t been released. Police say he is in his 50s and is being treated at Tufts Medical Center.

The bus was carrying students headed to Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. School leaders and guidance counselors met with students when they arrived at school after the accident.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


January 20, 2015

N.J. man seriously injured in Massachusetts crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:10 pm

A New Jersey man is still in the hospital after he lost control of his car this weekend and crashed into two utility poles on a Massachusetts highway, police said.

James Kersch, 23, of North Brunswick, was driving his Volkswagen GTL on Route 20 eastbound in Lee, Mass., Saturday at about 12:30 p.m. when the accident occurred, Lee Police Chief Jeffery Roosa said.

Kersch was transported to Berkshire Medical Center where he was stabilized, Roosa said, and moved to Albany Medical Center, about 50 miles away.

Police are unsure how Kersch, the lone occupant of the sedan, lost control of his car. Weather was not a factor in the crash, according to the report.

Kersch was visiting western Massachusetts skiing with friends, Roosa said.

The accident is still under investigation.


January 18, 2015

Tractor trailer accidents on Massachusetts Turnpike in West Springfield close lanes

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:12 pm

Two tractor trailer accidents on either side of the Massachusetts Turnpike has partly closed the highway and slowed traffic near Exit 4.

“We are telling people to use extreme caution,”Massachusetts State Police Sgt. George Hamilton said.

Freezing rain is continuing throughout Western Massachusetts Sunday evening causing accidents on a wide variety of roads throughout the area.

The accidents on the Massachusetts Turnpike happened at about 6:45 p.m. One truck traveling eastbound crashed on the icy roads in the high speed lane. That lane is expected to be closed for some time and motorists are advised to slow down and use caution in the right lane, Hamilton said.

The second accident happened at about the same time in the westbound lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike. It also occurred in the high speed lane and the two other lanes are open for traffic, he said.

Neither driver is believed to have been seriously injured in the accidents.

The speed on the Turnpike has been reduced to 40 miles an hour because of the icy conditions, Hamilton said.

There have also been multiple reports of cars spinning off the road in other locations on the Turnpike, he said.

Police in other communities have been reporting multiple accidents in the evening.

In Springfield there have been a number of accidents but no major injuries, Police Lt. Brian Keenan said.

“It is very slippery and icy on the hills,” he said. “People need to slow down.”

Holyoke Police closed Bemis Road following an accident caused by icy conditions. There have also been problems on Lower Westfield Road near Ingleside and Cabot Street was closed because of ice, Sgt. Brian Chirgwin said.


Sturbridge Crash Sends Car Into Trees

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:20 pm

STURBRIDGE (CBS) — A serious crash on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge sent a car into the trees off the highway early Sunday morning.

Sturbridge fire officials said the single-car crash happened at about 3 a.m. on the eastbound side near Exit 2.

“First arriving units confronted with a precariously positioned vehicle and two injured vehicle occupants quickly called for further assistance,” the fire department said in a statement.

Emergency crews stabilized the vehicle and the driver was able to free herself from the vehicle that was found resting in the trees. It took about 30 minutes to free the passenger using the Jaws of Life, fire officials said.

Both the driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Source: CBS

High School Senior Killed in Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:18 pm

A Middleborough, Massachusetts, high school senior died in a car crash early Sunday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the scene of the crash on Wareham Street across from the South Middleborough Fire Station.

Responding officers found a single-car crash and pronounced the motorist, 18-year-old Nathan Childs, dead at the scene. The two other occupants of the vehicle were transported to Tobey Hospital in Wareham with non-life threatening injuries.

Middleborough and Massachusetts State Police are investigating.

Source: NECN

Icy Mass. roads lead to crashes Sunday

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:17 pm

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. —Freezing rain has glazed roads in parts of Massachusetts Sunday, leading to crashes in which icy road conditions were the main factor.

Officers responded to a rollover crash on Route 9 in Belchertown Sunday morning, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The driver in that crash was allegedly attempting to pass a snowplow treating the road when the crash happened, according to police.

Problems have been reported on Interstates 95, 91 and 84 in Connecticut and the Massachusetts Turnpike, where the speed limit was reduced to 40 mph between the New York border and the Worcester area.

Temperatures in the 40s with rain are expected later Sunday, including the evening AFC Championship game at Foxborough, Massachusetts, between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots.

Source: WCVB

January 17, 2015

13-Year-Old Massachusetts Boy Hits Tree While Skiing, Dies

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:14 pm

WESTFORD, Mass. (AP) — A 13-year-old Massachusetts boy has died in a skiing accident northwest of Boston.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office says Rajiv Paluri of Westford was skiing Saturday afternoon with friends at Nashoba Valley Ski Area when he went off the trail and hit a tree. The boy was wearing a helmet at the time.

Authorities say he was taken off the mountain by ski patrol and to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Nashoba Valley General Manager Al Fletcher says everyone was ‘‘deeply shaken’’ by the accident and he offered his sympathy to the family.

The accident happened between intermediate and difficult trails.


January 14, 2015

Police Investigating Pedestrian Vs. Car Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:15 pm

A man sustained serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Main Street near Starbucks in Reading.

Reading Police Deputy Chief Mark Segalla said the pedestrian, an adult male, was transported to the hospital via ambulance after the collision occurred around 3 p.m., but the patient’s status is unknown at this time. The driver involved was shaken up but not injured, Segalla said.

According to police, the man was not in a crosswalk when he was struck. No charges have been filed, and the accident remains under investigation.

Police closed the road at Ash Street and Summer Street, and Main Street remained closed until at least 5 p.m., according to comments on the Reading Patch Facebook page.


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