August 20, 2014
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.
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.
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
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.
August 17, 2014
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.
August 15, 2014
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.
August 14, 2014
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Franklin man authorities say was under the influence of drugs when his car veered into the path of an MBTA bus, causing an accident that injured 18 people, has pleaded not guilty.
Stephen Griswold was held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Quincy District Court to drugged driving, driving to endanger and a lanes violation.
Griswold told investigators he had taken hydrocodone, penicillin and Motrin after having wisdom teeth removed hours before Tuesday morning’s crash in Randolph. He says he blacked out just before impact.
Seventeen of the 35 passengers on the bus and the driver went to the hospital with back and neck pain. The injuries aren’t considered serious.
The Patriot Ledger reports that Griswold’s lawyer says his client has “no human faults on record.”
One man was killed and a second man seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding crashed in Billerica early today, Billerica police said.
The crash took place around 2:30 a.m. today on Bicknell Road, police said.
The man who was killed was identified by police as Christopher Murphy, 24, of Wilmington.
The second man was identified as Keith Lucas, 22, also a Wilmington resident.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Billerica police and State Police.
Source: Boston Globe
August 13, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — One lane remains closed on I-91 northbound near Exit 2 in Longmeadow.
Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, a tractor trailer jack-knifed and crews are currently repairing the guardrail. That work is impacting traffic in the left lane.
The driver of the tractor trailer sustained unknown injuries.
Also earlier in the day, emergency crews responded to a two car motor vehicle crash going southbound on I-91 at the 1.8 mile marker in Longmeadow. One of the vehicles did catch fire which was put out by firefighters. One person in that crash was taken to Baystate Medical Center with minor injuries.
On the Mass. Pike, a tractor trailer traveling I-90 westbound in Warren also jack-knifed around noon Wednesday, resulting in lane closures. Mass. State Police, the MassDOT, and the Warren Fire Department all responded.
Traffic was backed up for several miles, but the accident has since been cleared.
State Police say there were no injuries.
While the cause of these accidents remain under investigation, they did occur in rainy weather. State Police Lt. Dan Richard advises drivers to, “Leave more space than you normally would. Distance is your friend with limited visibility.”
August 12, 2014
A suspect is in custody after a brief police chase culminated in a head-on collision and shots fired in Burlington, Massachusetts, Monday evening.
Police say the male suspect, Robert Haught 42, of College Park, Maryland, had a stack of credit cards and high end electronics in the car. The suspect sped at 80 mph in the chase, according to police.
Burlington Police say an officer on a routine patrol at the Burlington Mall noticed a white mini van idling in a handicapped space with no one inside. Haught soon jumped inside and took off, police said, leading them on a mile-long chase down Mall Road and onto Cambridge Street, where Haught allegedly rammed into a police cruiser and continued.
Another cruiser was blocking traffic, and when Haught would not stop, an officer on foot fired two shots, according to police. Haught then collided with two other cars.
One woman in a Toyota Prius was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, and her two children in the car were not hurt, police said.
Police say Haught tried to flee on foot, but was captured.
“We believe that this is connected to a credit card fraud situation,” Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent said. “Within plain view of the vehicle were a large amount of credit cards along with quite a bit of high end merchandise.”
Haught will be arraigned in Woburn Tuesday morning.
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