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Car, motorcycle collide in Manchester


Crash happened on Monson/Shirley town line

Moose vs. car

No roads forced to close

Freeport Train Crossing

Norm Karkos

CHESTER, Mass. — Authorities are investigating a fatal train collision in Chester in Hampden County.

State Police Sgt. Paul Coakley says troopers were notified at 5:15 p.m. Saturday of the collision.

He says details about the victim or circumstances leading to the incident are not available.

No roads were forced to close.

No students on bus hurt in crash

Mary Saladna/WCVB

NEWTON, Mass. — One person was injured Monday when a car and school bus collided head-on on Parker Street in Newton, according to police.

There were 26 children on the bus at the time of the crash, which happened near 340 Parker St. None of the children or the bus driver were hurt.

The driver of the silver Lexus sedan, a woman in her mid-50s, was taken to a local hospital, police said.

The bus was coming from the Brown Middle School at the time of the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

No immediate report of injuries

Telegram & Gazette

WEBSTER, Mass. —A car was struck by a train in Webster Thursday morning, Massachusetts State Police said in a tweet.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. on Main Street near the Webster/Dudley town line.


7 cars involved in Interstate 95 crash in Norwood

NORWOOD, Mass. —A woman was killed and two other persons suffered critical injuries in a series of crashes that involved seven vehicles on Interstate 95 in Norwood early Wednesday morning.

The fatal crash began with three consecutive collisions at the same spot around 2 a.m., near the Neponset Avenue exit, Massachusetts State Police said.

When one car struck the guardrail and spun around, it was struck by an oncoming car. The woman driving that car died, and her female passenger was taken to Boston Medical Center in critical condition.

The man driving the first car, which had spun into oncoming traffic, also suffered critical injuries.

Police said four other cars crashed into the wreckage.  The names of those injured and killed were not immediately released.

Massachusetts State Police detectives will determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

WAVERLY, Va. (AP) — Authorities say an Amtrak train has collided with a vehicle in south central Virginia and there are injuries.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya says in a news release that the accident occurred on Route 40 in Waverly around 6 a.m. Thursday.

Anaya says there are unknown injuries and a medical flight is heading to the scene.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds tells The Associated Press in an email that the Northeast Regional train 174 was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Boston with 46 passengers on board. Leeds says there are no reported injuries to the passengers. She says the train will continue its route when authorities release it.

Troopers are investigating the crash.

Anaya says no other information is available.

Waverly is about 50 miles southeast of Richmond, VA.

None of the 9 special needs students aboard injured

EVERETT, Mass. —A school bus carrying nine special needs students crashed into a fence in Everett on Wednesday afternoon.

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No one was injured in the accident that occurred at about 3 p.m. on Mount Washington Street, firefighters said. The students were brought home by another bus.

“Somehow he said he lost his brakes and rolled backwards,” the Everett fire captain said. “Luckily he turned the wheel and crashed into a wall.”

Officials said the crash appeared to be due to a mechanical problem, and the exact cause is still under investigation.


Police: Weeden said he crossed center line while putting on seat belt

DOVER, N.H. —A Dover city councilor was involved in a fatal crash Monday morning.

Dover police said Michael Weeden, 22, who is also a former state representative, told them he was trying to put on his seat belt when he crossed the center line on Sixth Street, striking a car driven by Martin Carignan, 87, of Somersworth.

“Mr. Weeden’s car crossed the center line and struck Mr. Carignan’s car head-on,” said Capt. Bill Breault.

Weeden had just pulled out of his driveway and traveled on the street for a few yards before the collision.

Weeden was treated at the scene for airbag abrasions. Carignan died the next day at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

A police accident reconstruction team is investigating the crash.

“They are ruling out or ruling in any other possible causes — speed, alcohol, distraction, what the cause of the distraction was, whether or not it was a cellphone,” Breault said.

No one answered the door Wednesday at Weeden’s home. He released a short statement saying, “I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to the victim and his family.”

Investigators are awaiting a medical examiner’s report from Massachusetts to determine the exact cause of death. Police said any charges could range from a traffic violation to negligent homicide.

“Once our investigation is concluded, we will confer with the Strafford County Attorney’s Office, and it’s that office that will make a determination on charges,” Breault said.

Officials said it could be weeks before a decision on charges is made.


Interstate 290 closed for hours after crash on icy road

Worcester, Mass. —State transportation officials say Interstate 290 in Worcester was not properly treated Sunday when dozens of cars crashed on the icy roadway.

Freezing rain caused a series of crashes in central and northern Massachusetts Sunday morning. Along Interstate 290, dozens of vehicles and a tractor-trailer were involved in a crash.

The crash involved 65 cars and three tractor-trailer units and closed I-290 in Worcester for a several hours.

Images of crash

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MassDOT had been pre-treating roads in the Worcester County area and came through the crash area about an hour before the weather hit, Secretary Richard Davey said in a statement.

“The combination of a heavily traveled roadway, the storm’s fast arrival and the elevated portion of I-290, which freezes before the ground, all likely contributed in reducing the effectiveness of the road treatment,” Davey said.

“I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude,” Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Stephen Marsh said.

About 35 to 40 people were taken to local hospitals, two with serious injuries, police said.

One family also reported that their dog was killed after they were rear-ended several times.

A state police trooper who initially responded to the crash, which spanned 1,500 feet, was also rear-ended. She was forced to dive back into her cruiser to avoid cars sliding toward her, police said.

Both directions of the highway were reopened by 11:45 a.m., authorities said.


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