Archives For Accidents

Henry Varian fell, landed on back, police say

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Police say a 72-year-old man has died after falling from scaffold at a Nantucket work site.

Lt. Jerry Adams tells the Cape Cod Times that Henry Varian was working as a private contractor on a job when he fell from the scaffolding and landed on his back just before 8 a.m. Thursday.

The Nantucket Fire Department responded and took him Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Adams says Varian was then flown to a Boston hospital where he died later in the day.

The death remains under investigation.

Andrew Sun listed in critical condition

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Harvard University student was listed in critical condition Sunday night after falling from an off-campus building, a university spokesman said.

Andrew Sun, a sophomore at Harvard College, fell from a building that is not on the Harvard campus early Sunday morning, the spokesman said, and suffered extremely serious injuries.

Sun was hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

“Our thoughts are with Andrew, his family and friends,” spokesman Colin Manning said. “This is a very difficult time for the entire Harvard community.”

Ricky Prezioso held on $5,000 bail

BOSTON — A 41-year old Swampscott man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed Owen McGrory, 30, of Chelsea.

McGrory was riding his bicycle in Sullivan Square in Charlestown near Cambridge and Spice streets at 1:40 p.m. Thursday when he was struck and killed.

Ricky Prezioso was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Jake Wark.

Prezioso was held on $5,000 bail. He will return to court on May 19.

Police said Thursday night that they had located a truck that had been described as a sanitation truck with black lettering and a “person of interest” was being interviewed.

“We ran up to the top of the street to see if there were any signs of the gentleman moving,” one witness said.

“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.


A 21-year-old man was expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday, one day after getting a chainsaw lodged in his neck during a tree-trimming accident.

James Valentine was up a tree in a harness in suburban Pittsburgh when he was struck in the neck by the saw about 2:30 p.m. Monday. Another worker helped him down, and workers left the saw in place so Valentine wouldn’t bleed more than he already was.

Greg Porter, of Ross/West View Emergency Medical Services, provided treatment that kept Valentine from bleeding to death before he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital.

An X-ray released by the hospital Tuesday showed the saw still in Valentine’s neck. The blade cut 2 inches deep, with the bulk of the damage done to Valentine’s shoulder. He escaped without hitting a major artery.

Valentine works for Adler Tree Service in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, whose owner, Dominic Migliozzi, is calling the rescue “amazing.”

Teen suffers severe hand injury when firework explodes
ABINGTON, Mass. — A 17-year-old boy and 31-year-old man were both seriously injured when a firework exploded at the Woodlands apartment complex in Abington Thursday night

The fireworks exploded just outside an apartment, officials said.

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“It appears that we had a small lighting of a commercial grade firework,” said Abington Fire Chief John Nuttall.

The teen was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital with what was described as a “severe hand injury,” the man was taken to a Brockton hospital.

No fire or structural damage was caused by the explosion but neighbors were evacuated as a precaution.

The bomb squad and state Fire Marshal’s office were both called in to check for any other threats and make sure the building was safe.

“Just a reminder again, fireworks are illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for everybody’s safety,” said Nuttall.

The injuries are said to be non life-threatening.

Victim fell after trying to get out of elevator in Boston

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BOSTON — An elevator operator fell to his death in Boston after a freight elevator got stuck between two floors.

The victim was trying to get out of the elevator at 31 St. James St. when he fell to his death.

The victim has not been identified.

NewsCenter 5 and will have more information when it becomes available.

Sgt. Marc Proia arrives in time to save truck driver

LOWELL, Mass. — A Westford police sergeant pulled an injured man from the path of the man’s rolling truck after a crash Tuesday morning.

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Sgt. Marc Proia said was called to Robinson Road at about 9:20 a.m. after a recycling truck hit a telephone pole, The Lowell Sun reported.

A neighbor started screaming that the truck was rolling. Proia pulled the man by his arms out of harm’s way, the newspaper reported.

The truck then struck Proia’s cruiser.

The man was being treated for his injuries.

Witnesses believe woman shot herself accidentally

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Police say a woman is seriously hurt after she apparently shot herself accidentally at a North Attleboro firing range on Saturday afternoon.

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports that the woman was practicing shooting at about 2 p.m. at the American Firearms School when her gun appeared to jam, according to witnesses. The woman was treated in the back of an ambulance and taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, The Sun Chronicle stated.

The range officer evacuated everyone from the shooting range after the incident, according to The Sun Chronicle.

James Atwood injured in Twin Mountain
Tree impales snowmobile, throwing rider

TWIN MOUNTAIN, N.H. — A specialized rescue sled pulled a Milford, N.H., man to safety Saturday evening, after a fallen treetop went right through his snowmobile.

James Atwood was riding on Trail 102 in Twin Mountain when he hit a treetop next to the trail, wildlife officials said. The wood impaled the machine and threw Atwood off the snowmobile.

His riding partners called for help, but it took a combination of snowmobiles and the sled to reach Atwood, who was more than 1 mile east of Route 3. Rescuers pulled Atwood to a trailhead in the Zealand area, where an ambulance crew picked him up and took him to Littleton Regional Hospital.

Atwood’s father said the 24-year-old was just banged up and was released from the hospital Saturday night.

Officials are still investigating the crash, but said speed likely played a part.

Woman, horse not seriously injured

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — A woman was rescued Saturday when the horse she was riding fell and rolled on top of her in Newburyport.

The incident happened when the horse slipped on some ice at Maudslay State Park. The animal went down a slope and rolled onto its rider, who was thrown off, the Newburyport Times reported.

Officials said the snow helped cushion her fall.

Newburyport emergency teams used snowmobiles to reach the woman and horse and to bring in medical supplies.

The woman was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital, where she was treated and released, the paper reported.

The horse was not seriously injured.


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