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February 20, 2015

Mass Pike Traffic Snarled After Truck Crash In Natick

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 9:07 pm

NATICK (CBS) – A major traffic backup resulted from a crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike Friday morning.

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A tractor-trailer jack-knifed and several cars crashed shortly after 6 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near the Route 30 exit in Natick.

One car was stuck underneath the tandem trailer.

State Police said there were major delays because of injuries, a fuel spill, and the debris cleanup.

The backup extended as far back as Southboro.

Route 9 is usually an alternative route, but State Police said there was a backup on Route 9 east due to a broken pike near Oak Hill Road in Southboro.

All lanes of the Mass Pike were reopened around 7:40 a.m., State Police said.

Source: CBS

February 19, 2015

Former Howell Hockey Player Struck, Killed In Massachusetts

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 9:04 pm

A college student from Freehold has been identified as the person struck and killed by a pickup truck along a road in Massachusetts, according to an article on

Matthew T. Schiek, 20, an honors student in mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
played ice hockey team at Howell High School and was a member of the school’s first team, in 2008-09. That team won a division title and the Dowd Cup that season, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The Gazettenet website reported Schiek was hit just before 2 a.m. on Saturday as he was crossing Route 9 in Belchertown, Mass., and was pronounced dead at the scene. The report says the Northwestern district attorney’s office has not released the name of the driver, who was headed east at the time Schiek was hit, but that the driver has cooperated with investigators. Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, told Gazettenet that drugs, alcohol and erratic operation do not appear to have been contributing factors in the crash.

Schiek, a junior with a 3.9 grade point average, also volunteered in the Amherst community with the Boltwood Project, which assists mentally and physically challenged individuals, according to the Gazettenet report.

Schiek played in 100 varsity games with four goals and 26 assists for the Rebels, who were 19-4-1 and won both the Shore C division championship and the Dowd Cup title, according to the Asbury Park Press.

He is survived by his parents and a sister, according to the Press.


February 18, 2015

Mansfield Woman Dies in Route 495 Rollover Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 9:09 pm

A Mansfield woman has died from injuries sustained in a rollover crash on Route 495 on Tuesday night.

Elizabeth O’Connor, 54, was ejected from her vehicle during the crash and passed away after being transported to Rhode Island Hospital according to the Massachusetts State Police.

Last evening, at approximately 6:54 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash on Route 495 South before Exit 11 in Mansfield. Upon arrival, troopers discovered that a 2000 Dodge Neon had been traveling in left lane and for reasons still under investigation, had lost control.

At some point, the Dodge made contact with a 2001 Isuzu Trooper. During the collision, the Dodge left the roadway, rolled, and the driver, O’Connor, was ejected.

The driver of the Isuzu Trooper was not injured.

The left two lanes of I-495 were closed during the incident. The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Foxboro Barracks. Troop H Headquarters, Mansfield Fire Department, Norton Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, all assisted on scene.


Multiple Injuries in Four-Car Crash Tuesday Night

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 9:07 pm

Several people were injured in a multi-car accident Tuesday night on Main Street in Wilmington.

The accident happened just before 9 p.m. in the area of 875 Main St. Police had to close Main Street from the Woburn line to Eames Street due to the serious crash. Several ambulances were requested to the scene.

Wilmington Police told the Lowell Sun, there were four vehicles involved and seven people were taken to area hospitals.

The extent of injuries to those involved is currently unknown.

Wilmington police did request the State Police photo/reconstruction team to the scene.

The crash is under investigation.


February 15, 2015

20 Cars Involved in Route 128 Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 9:08 pm

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a multi-car crash on Route 128 southbound in Waltham. Troopers in the Concord barracks received reports about the crash around 2:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to a statement by police.

The crash may include as many as 20 vehicles, though police report that all apparent injuries are minor. The statement by police says a snow squall may have contributed to the crash.

The crash occurred north of Exit 27 in Waltham. Police said all southbound travel lanes were initially closed, though they have been able to get three lanes reopened by 4 p.m., but are asking drivers to stay away from area to allow access for emergency vehicles. The Waltham and Lexington Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.


February 14, 2015

Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:39 pm

BELCHERTOWN (WGGB) – Belchertown police are investigating an early morning accident that left one person dead.

Police responded to Route 9, near Two Ponds Road, just before 2 o’clock this morning. That’s where they found a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle. That pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 20 year old male attempted to cross Route 9 when he was hit. His name has not been released at this time, but police say he was a UMass student from New Jersey.

Police closed down the the road for four hours while they investigated the crash, but it was reopened at 6 a.m.

The driver remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation.

It is unknown whether any charges will be filed in the case. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Source: WGGB

February 13, 2015

Newton Grad, Brandeis Dept. Admin, Killed in NH Crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:38 pm

Three women and a dog lost their lives last night after a motor vehicle crash on Route 16 in Milton, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Allison Smith of Portsmouth, Vanessa Cox of Boston, and Victoria Rose of Revere, MA, all perished in the crash.

According to statements from the state police, troopers were called to a two-vehicle crash at around 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2015, between a Jeep Liberty and a Subaru Outback.

According to the initial investigation, the Jeep, being driven by Rose, was driving south and crossed left of the center into the path of the Subaru, which was being driven by Smith. Cox was a passenger in the Subaru.

Rose was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester and pronounced dead upon arrival. Cox was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland where she later died.

A passenger in the Jeep and a second passenger in the Subaru sustained injuries but are in stable condition.

A small dog that was in the Jeep was euthanized due to its injuries.

“The reason the Jeep crossed left of center is still under investigation at this time,” according to Sgt. Steven Cooper. “The roadway was closed for approximately four hours.”

Cox graduated from Newton North in 2001, and was the department administrator for Brandeis Department of Athletics, joining the school in October 2011 and was instrumental in the role of student-athlete recruitment for Brandeis as well as a key organizer of the Friends of Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame ceremonies, according to a press release. She was also the lacrosse team’s head coach.

“We are all shocked and saddened by this news,” said Sheryl Sousa ’90, associate vice president of health and wellness and director of athletics, physical education and recreation at Brandeis. “Vanessa was such a vital member of the Brandeis family.”


3 people, dog die in Milton, N.H., car crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:37 pm

Three people died in a car crash Thursday on Route 16 in Milton, N.H., officials said.

New Hampshire State Police were called at 8:15 p.m. to a motor vehicle accident involving a 2005 Jeep Liberty and a 2009 Subaru Outback. The Jeep was traveling south and crossed into the northbound lane, hitting the Subaru, State Police said.

The Jeep’s operator, Victoria Rose, 57, of Revere, Mass., was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Subaru, Allison Smith, 31, of Portsmouth, N.H., was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H., where she later died, State Police said.

A passenger in the Subaru, Vanessa Cox, 31, of Boston, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she later died.

Two other passengers, one in the Jeep and one in the Subaru, sustained serious injuries and were in stable condition on Friday.

A small dog in the Jeep was euthanized because of injuries.

The incident, which forced the road to be closed for four hours, is under investigation.

The New Hampshire State Police collision analysis and reconstruction unit, the Milton police and fire departments, Farmington police, Rochester police, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation all assisted at the scene.

Source: Boston Globe

February 11, 2015

Tow truck driver from Southbridge is killed on Mass. Pike in Auburn

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:42 pm

AUBURN — A tow truck driver working on a disabled vehicle in the breakdown lane of the Massachusetts Turnpike was struck and killed by a box truck Wednesday afternoon, according to state police.

Police identified the victim as Kevin St. Pierre, 22, of Southbridge.

The crash occurred about 3 p.m. on the eastbound side of the turnpike, near Exit 10.

Craig Moran, a Sturbridge selectman and owner of Sturbridge Service Center, confirmed that the tow truck driver worked for his company.

State police identified the driver of the box truck as Richard Taylor, 45, of Taunton. According to Trooper Ronald Ramos, Mr. Taylor was traveling in the right lane when his box truck struck the tow truck driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Taylor was not injured, state police said.

Mr. Moran said the tow truck driver was towing a disabled car. The car had a flat tire and the driver did not have a spare, he said. The tow truck driver had positioned his truck in front of the disabled car and was in the process of putting it on the flat bed truck when he was struck.

Auburn Fire Rescue Department assisted state police at the scene of the crash, which remains under investigation.

Mr. Moran described the tow truck driver as an exemplary employee and the “nicest boy you’d ever want to meet.”

He said the driver loved his job and always arrived at work on time with a smile on his face. He said the driver never had any customer complaints, accidents, damage or claims.

The employee had just gotten engaged about a month ago and had recently asked for extra hours so he could save money for the wedding.

State police said the crash was being investigated with assistance from three state police units: Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and Crime Scene Services Section. No charges had been filed Wednesday.

Mr. Moran said that while the accident occurred in the zone his towing company covers, he relinquished responsibility for the vehicles. He said the box truck was towed away and impounded by state police.


February 8, 2015

Massachusetts woman killed in Branford I-95 wrong-way crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 1:40 pm

BRANFORD >> A 55-year-old Massachusetts woman was killed early Sunday morning in a four-car accident after she drove her car in the wrong direction down Interstate 95 southbound.

Mary Chiapulis of Boylston, Mass. died after her 2009 Hyundai collided with three other cars near the Branford Service Plaza on Interstate 95 at 12:48 a.m. The accident occurred between Exit 53 and 54 and Interstate 95 was closed for three hours while the Connecticut State Police investigated.

Branford Deputy Fire Chief William Pepe said one of the accident victims was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived on the scene and had to remove one of them using the Jaws of Life tool.

“With the number of patients we needed to treat, we requested the East Haven Fire Department for mutual aid,” Pepe said in a statement.

Ambulances from the Branford and Guilford fire departments as well as from American Medical Response took the accident victims to New Haven area hospitals.

The current injury status of the surviving victims are unknown.

Chiapulis’ car first hit the passenger side of a 2004 Acura MDX driven by 54-year-old Franck Dalembert of Norwalk, according to State Police. Her car then hit a 2008 Ford driven by 30-year-old Daniel Rizzo, of Milford, head on in the left lane of the three-lane highway. A vehicle driven by Patsy Depalmer, 50, of Woodbridge, swerved to avoid the collision between Chiapulis and Rizzo, but her 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was ultimately hit by the Hyundai driven by the Massachusetts woman.


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