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April 21, 2014

Fiery Zakim Bridge Truck, Car Crash Kills Chelsea Cab Driver

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:40 pm

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A 54-year-old taxi driver from Chelsea was killed in a fiery truck and car crash on the Zakim Bridge early Monday morning.

The tractor-trailer and a vehicle crashed and burst into flames around 5:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-93 on the bridge prior to exit 27.

Police shut down the northbound lanes and traffic was backed up for miles. The southbound side remained open, but it was slow.

State police said Debra Sarno was driving a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria owned by Malden Taxi when for some reason she stopped in the right travel lane and was struck from the rear by the tractor-trailer.

Sarno was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no passenger in the cab.
The truck driver, Joseph Maldonado, 47, of Manchester Conn., sustained minor injuries and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. The tractor-trailer, which was carrying produce, is owned by M&M Produce of Hartford,Conn.

The Boston Fire Department had the fire out about 7 a.m.

The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by state police reconstruction experts. No charges have been filed at this time.

Source: CBS

April 20, 2014

3 injured in drunken driving crash on I-93, police say

Filed under: Law,Personal injury — Local News @ 9:52 am

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Three people were injured early Sunday morning after an alleged drunken driver crashed into a car on Interstate 93 in Manchester, state police said.

Gregory Dawson, 27, of Salem was charged with driving under the influence after colliding with another car on I-93 around 2 a.m., police said.

A passenger in the car Dawson hit was ejected. Dawson and the driver of the other car suffered non-life-threatening injuries. All three were taken to the Elliot Hospital.

Dawson passed state troopers on Interstate 293 at a high rate of speed, police said. Troopers were trying to catch up to the car when Dawson lost control and hit the other car on I-93 south.

Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, police said.


Man dies of electrocution on Keene State campus

Filed under: Negligence,Personal injury — Local News @ 9:50 am

KEENE, N.H. —Fire officials say a man has been electrocuted by a downed power line on property next to Keene State College Athletic Complex.

Fire Chief Mark Howard says firefighters and police responded to a Saturday afternoon call to the scene.

He says that out of safety concerns, crews couldn’t immediately approach the man because of the high voltage line. The man’s name was not immediately released, and the fire chief provided no further details surrounding his death.

He says the downed line also sparked a brush fire that covered about a quarter-acre before firefighters were able to bring it under control


April 18, 2014

Massachusetts couple killed in Waldoboro crash Friday

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 9:45 am

WALDOBORO — A couple from Massachusetts died in a head-on car crash on Route 1 in Waldoboro early Friday afternoon, according to Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde early Friday evening.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Waldoboro police responded to the crash, which occurred just north of Wink’s Auto Service on Route 1. When officers arrived, Labombarde said they observed two vehicles involved in a head-on crash in the northbound lane.

Following an investigation into the crash, Labombarde said it was determined that 63-year-old Edward Bean of Waldoboro was driving in the southbound lane when he crossed into the northbound lane and crashed into an oncoming 2014 black Mitsubishi vehicle. Bean was driving a 2007 black Dodge Caliber.

Both occupants of the Mitsubishi were pronounced dead at the scene, said Labombarde.

“The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of the family,” said Labombarde Friday evening. “No charges have been filed at this time as the crash is still under investigation.”

Labombarde did not provide any information about Bean’s injuries.

Route 1 in Waldoboro remained closed much of Friday afternoon, as police continued to investigate the crash. In addition to Waldoboro police, fire and ambulance, Warren Fire Department assisted with mutual aid.


April 14, 2014

Dog Killed and House Damaged After Truck Crashes Through Home in Springfield

Filed under: Personal injury,Property — Local News @ 5:19 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police and Fire personnel have responded to a crash in Springfield involving a truck that went through a home on Gillette Avenue just a short time ago.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told ABC40 they, along with the fire department, were called to 350 Gillette Avenue around 12:00 p.m. Monday.

Delaney adds that the driver of the truck, an 85-year-old Springfield man,claims that his accelerator was stuck and could not stop the truck.

The driver was taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment of some injuries and is expected to be okay.

Nobody was home at the time, but a newly-adopted dog that was inside the home was killed.

The house, which was recently rebuilt following the 2011 tornado, has been deemed structurally safe to enter.

No citations have yet been issued. The collision remains under investigation.

Source: WGGB

Authorities investigating fatal crash on Route 24 northbound

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:17 pm

FREETOWN — A 32-year-old Raynham woman died Monday afternoon after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on Route 24 northbound just north of Exit 9 in Freetown, police said.

The tractor-trailer was parked off the roadway and on the shoulder of the breakdown lane. The operator was in the truck’s cab at the time of the crash, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

Police officials were not sure Monday night why the driver lost control of her Honda sedan. Authorities said she was traveling northbound when she swerved off the roadway and crashed into the rear of the Regency Transportation tractor-trailer around 3:40 p.m.

The woman, Stephanie Picher, did not have any passengers in her vehicle. She was determined to be dead at the scene, according to the state police, who did not release her name Monday night.

State police troopers from the Dartmouth barracks responded to the scene and closed off the right and breakdown lanes, which delayed traffic in the area.

Troopers also erected several canvas barriers around the crash site to shield the view of passing motorists. A large crane lifted the rear of the tractor-trailer off the Honda sedan, which was crushed underneath the truck’s rear tires.

The breakdown lane and right travel lanes were closed until 7:01 p.m. to allow for rescue operations, investigation and cleanup.

The crash is currently under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police, as well as troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Service Section, and state police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Freetown Fire Department EMS and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also responded to the scene to assist in the crash investigation.


April 12, 2014

Pembroke man killed in car crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:18 pm

A 25-year-old Pembroke man was killed early Saturday morning in a car crash in Hooksett, state police said.

Jacob Kipp was ejected from his 1997 Toyota 4Runner when he struck a guardrail on the northbound ramp to Interstate 93 around 4:45 a.m., state police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The ramp was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call state police at 603-666-3333.

Source: WMUR

Warwick man killed in car crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:17 pm

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Police in Warwick are trying to figure out why a man driving on a highway left the road and struck several tree, suffering fatal injuries.

Authorities say the 54-year-old man was driving south of Lambert Lind Highway near the Warwick Mall when he crashed into trees located on traffic islands shortly after midnight Saturday.

He was taken to Kent Hospital, where physicians later pronounced him dead.

Police are investigating circumstances surrounding the crash, including if speed and alcohol were factors. Authorities ask anyone with information related to the incident to contact police in Warwick.

Authorities say the victim lived in Warwick, but they were withholding the name his family had not been notified.


Two Workers Killed on Cape Cod when Bucket Truck Tips Over

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:20 pm

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts workers are dead after their bucket truck apparently tipped over while they were in the basket more than 100 feet in the air at a Cape Cod site.

Bourne police confirmed the Saturday deaths at Cape Cod Aggregates Corp. near Scenic Highway. They didn’t release the mens’ names.

The Cape Cod Times reported the men were working for a contractor for an NStar utility project. They appeared to be working underneath high tension power lines, near utility poles, on sandy barren land.

Police Chief Dennis Woodside told the newspaper the two men were both in the bucket when the truck toppled over. He said they were killed instantly.

The Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. OSHA didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

Source: WGGB

Two Transported After Rollover Accident in Ludlow

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:26 am

LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) – Two people were transported to a nearby hospital after a rollover accident in Ludlow Saturday afternoon.

Ludlow Fire Captain Jeff Lavoie told ABC 40 the call came in just before 2:00 PM for a two car accident on Center Street near Ray Haluch Gravel Co. There were several kids between both of the cars. Two people received non-life-threatening injuries.

Captain Lavoie said the passengers were wearing proper seatbelts and had proper car seats for the children and it made all the difference in the injuries from the crash.

Source: WGGB

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