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December 19, 2014

Five-car crash at Boston Road and Parker Street

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:11 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three people were taken to the hospital following a five-car crash at a busy Springfield intersection Friday morning.

Springfield Police Officer George Jacques told 22News that they are still looking into exactly what led to the accident, which happened at around 8:45 at the corner of Boston Road and Parker Street.. He said that a chairlift van struck a Chevy sedan that was turning left from Parker Street onto Boston Road. The impact sent the Chevy into a third car, while the van went on after the initial crash to strike a fourth car, which in turn ended up hitting a fifth vehicle.

Jacques said that three people were brought to the hospital, one of whom (a passenger inside the Chevy sedan) had serious cuts to the face.

Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free one of the crash victims, who was trapped inside her car.

Source: WWLP

December 18, 2014

Two-Car Crash Closes Portion of Chapin Street in Ludlow

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:12 pm

LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — A two-car crash closed down a portion of a busy Ludlow roadway Thursday night.

Ludlow Police Sgt. Brian Shameklis says that the crash occurred around 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the area of 650 Chapin Street, near E. Akard Street.

One car rolled over in the collision.

It’s not known if any injuries were reported.

Chapin Street was closed in the area of E. Akard Street while crews work to clear and clean-up the scene, but the road has since reopened.

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

Source: WGGB

December 15, 2014

18-year-old woman dies in Belchertown crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:13 pm

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old Lancaster woman has died in a car crash in Belchertown.

The car struck a tree on Route 202 near the town’s police station at about 6 a.m. Sunday, killing the passenger and seriously injuring a 23-year-old male driver.

Authorities need the Jaws of Life to get both occupants out of the vehicle.

The woman, identified Monday as Keely Walsh, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was flown to a Springfield hospital.

His name was not made public.

The accident remains under investigation but police say road conditions have been ruled out as a cause.


Lowell man arrested in hit-and-run at Methuen bus stop

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 10:09 pm

A Lowell man was arrested after he allegedly failed to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing in Methuen on Monday, struck a high school student heading to the bus, and fled the scene, police said.

Robert Jacques Jr., 28, faces charges including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, negligent operation, operating with a suspended license, and failing to stop for a school bus with flashers on, after he allegedly struck the 15-year-old boy with his truck at Lowell and East Capitol streets at about 6:30 a.m., Methuen police said in a statement on their Facebook page. Jacques fled the scene following the crash, police said.

Police Chief Joseph Solomon, in a tweet, identified the victim as Joseph Barry, a sophomore at Methuen High School. Barry is in critical condition at Boston Children’s Hospital, Solomon said. He had been taken to Lawrence General Hospital, then was flown by MedFlight to Boston Children’s, officials said.

Barry was struck when he attempted to cross Lowell Street to get on the bus. Methuen police said a white Chevy pickup truck failed to stop for the bus and hit the student.

With the help of State Police, Methuen authorities used video surveillance from the area to identify the pickup with damage to its front end and passenger side. The vehicle matched the description of one that had struck a parked automobile while speeding eastbound on Oakland Avenue a short time after the initial accident on Monday, police said.

Investigators determined the son of the truck’s owner, later identified as Jacques, had an outstanding warrant for motor vehicle offenses as well as a suspended license and was a primary suspect in the hit-and-run, according to police.

Jacques was arrested by Methuen police on Causeway Street in Boston. He faces a second charge of negligent operation and a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident for the crash on Oakland Avenue, police said.

He is being held on $50,000 bail and will be arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court.

Source: Boston Globe

December 12, 2014

Truck driver questioned after fatal crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:52 am

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Worcester are questioning the driver of a dump truck that was believed to be involved in a fatal pedestrian accident in the city.

A 60-year-old Worcester man was struck at the intersection of Wall and Grafton Streets about 8 p.m. Thursday and died at a hospital. Witnesses told police the truck did not stop after hitting the victim, whose name was not immediately released.

The Telegram of Worcester ( ) reported that investigators, with the help of surveillance video from nearby businesses, were able to locate the truck and identify the driver.

Police said the driver was taken to police headquarters and was cooperating with the investigation.


December 10, 2014

Woman, 86, dies in single-car crash in Dover

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:54 am

An 86-year-old Westwood woman died in a one-car crash in Dover Wednesday morning, officials said.

The crash occurred at 11:50 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Haven streets. The vehicle hit a tree and a stone wall and burst into flames, ending up on the lawn at 29 Main St., police said in a statement.

A passerby had removed the woman from the car before rescuers arrived. She was taken to the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, officials said.

The woman was driving north on Main Street when the crash occurred, an initial investigation found. There were no passengers in her car.

Dover police are investigating the accident, along with the Massachusetts State Police and the Norfolk County district attorney’s office.

Main Street was closed for a time but reopened at about 2 p.m., according to a tweet from Dover police. Haven Street was still closed at 3:45 p.m., police said.

Source:  Boston Globe

December 9, 2014

Massachusetts woman suffers serious injuries in Rindge crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:55 am

RINDGE — A Massachusetts woman suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries when she was partially ejected from her car in a two-vehicle crash Monday night on Route 119.

The 70-year-old was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., for treatment of head and facial injuries, Rindge Police Chief Todd Muilenberg said this morning. He declined to release the woman’s name until her family is notified.


He did not know if the woman was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The woman was driving a Volvo south on Cathedral Road before she turned onto Route 119 in front of a GMC pickup truck driven by a 33-year-old Swanzey man, Muilenberg said.

The woman failed to yield to the pickup truck and caused the collision, which was reported to police at about 7:40 p.m., he said.

The 33-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough for treatment of a non-life-threatening chest injury, Muilenberg said. He also declined to release the man’s name, pending notification of family.

Dispatchers at Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid in Keene said a helicopter was not able to respond to Rindge to airlift the woman to the Worcester hospital because of the weather.

Route 119 was closed for over an hour, and reopened about 9:10 p.m., according to dispatchers.

Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene.


Bridge Street Reopened Following Pedestrian Accident in Northampton

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:51 am

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Bridge Street is reopened after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Tuesday night.

Northampton Police say that around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a young female was hit on Bridge Street — near Parsons Street.

Police told ABC40 that a female in her early 20’s has been transported to Baystate with life-threatening injuries.

She was found on-scene trapped underneath the car.

The driver of the car remained at the scene of the accident for a few hours. The driver then went to the police station, but is not in custody.

The Accident Reconstruction team was called in to investigate.

ABC40 will continue to follow this story, and will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.

Source: WGGB

December 8, 2014

Massachusetts woman killed in Ledyard crash

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 7:53 am

LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — One person is dead after a car crash near Foxwoods. It happened Sunday just before 4 in the afternoon.

Cheryl Venezia, 31, of Massachusetts was driving her car west on Route 2 at the intersection of a Foxwoods’ employee parking lot. Police say, she tried to turn improperly which involved going into the eastbound lane. At the same time a second car was trying to cross into the eastbound lane. The cars collided, sending both spinning into other lanes.

Venezia was killed in the crash, the driver and passengers in the other car went to the hospital for minor injuries.

Source: WTNH

December 5, 2014

Train and Car Collide in Braintree

Filed under: Personal injury — Local News @ 5:02 pm

A commuter rail train on the Kingston/Plymouth line collided with a car in Braintree on Thursday, causing significant damage to the Ford and delays on the train line. The people inside the car were able to get out before the crash, according to a tweet by Braintree Police.

As of 1:20 p.m., the MBTA warned of a 10-15 minute delay for the 1:35 p.m. train from Kingston.


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