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.
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.
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.
“We ran up to the top of the street to see if there were any signs of the gentleman moving,” one witness said.
Several witnesses said they saw a large truck leave the area.
“The vehicle in question is described as a sanitation truck, white in color with black lettering,” Boston police said in a statement.
“There are a lot of bikes — every day — and the trucks and the cars that come by here, they don’t stop at the stop sign,” a local business owner said.
The man who was killed has not been identified.
“Our hearts are with the family and friends of the person who passed on. And we pray that the driver who left the scene is brought to justice,” said Pete Stidman, executive director of the Bike Union. “Nothing can excuse consciously leaving another person lying in the street, if that is indeed what happened.”
A Plymouth police officer injured in a motorcycle collision Tuesday afternoon died several hours later at Massachusetts General Hospital, Police Chief Michael E. Botieri said at a press conference.
The officer, 43-year-old Gregg Maloney, who was married and the father of two teenage boys, was a 17-year veteran of the Plymouth Police Department and a member of the motorcycle unit since 2009, Botieri said.
“The next several days and weeks will be difficult for this department,” he said.
The cause of the crash that killed Maloney is under investigation, Botieri said. No other vehicles appeared to be involved, although another motorcycle officer was riding alongside Maloney at the time of the accident on Samoset Street. Maloney was taken by MedFlight to a hospital after the crash.
“There’s nothing evident at the scene telling us what happened,” Botieri said. “There was no obvious reason for the bike to go down.”
The chief characterized Maloney as “well-liked” and an active member of the law enforcement community.
“Incidents like this show just how dangerous these jobs can be on a day-to-day basis,” James Machado, executive director of the Massachusetts Police Association, said. “These guys are heroes.”
NORWOOD — Two people were injured in a two-car crash on Interstate 95 in Norwood on Sunday morning, according to Massachusetts State Police, who continue to investigate.
Police said troopers from the Foxboro barracks responded to an 8:08 a.m. report of a crash in the southbound lane of I-95, where a 2002 Ford Explorer crashed through a guardrail and traveled down an embankment.
Both occupants of the Explorer were removed by members of the Norwood Fire Department. The driver, a 44-year-old Milton woman, and a juvenile girl were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injures, police said.
A 22-year-old Boston woman was driving the other vehicle involved in the crash, a 2013 Kia, but she was uninjured, police said.
Trooper Kevin Young is investigating the cause of the crash, which didn’t require any lane closures. However, the guardrail sustained damage and needs to be repaired, said Lt. Daniel G. Richard, a State Police spokesman at Framingham headquarters.
“We expect there will be some travel lane restrictions at sometime during the day (Sunday) while that repair is completed,” he said.