Bridge Street Crash

A 34-year-old woman and two children, ages 2 and 4, were taken to Lowell General Hospital this afternoon after a woman driving a Ford Expedition rear-ended the minivan they were riding in on Bridge Street at Hildreth Street about 4:30 p.m.

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None of the injuries appeared to be serious, and police said the driver of the Expedition was able to drive away from the scene on her own. She was not hurt.

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No word on charges or anything, and police got a lane of traffic open fairly quickly so the backups weren’t even that bad.
Good luck trick-or-treating tonight. Please don’t make the blog.

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Woman Ejected on 495

I was extremely busy tonight so I’m sorry I didn’t get time to blog about this earlier.
A 37-year-old Lowell woman was ejected from her Lexus sedan tonight about 8:21 p.m., as she drove northbound about a half mile south of the Woburn Street exit.
State Police found her car deep into the brush at least 50 feet from the road, rolled over, and found her on the ground, injured, but conscious and with apparently non life-threatening injuries.
She’s lucky someone saw her crash, because I’m not sure anyone would have spotted this car if they hadn’t witnesses the actual accident.

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Police said it appears the woman was answering a call on her cell phone when she lost control of her car.
She was taken to Lowell General Hospital, and amazingly the crash wasn’t even bad enough to bring photo/recon to the scene.
A crew from Stuart’s Towing came in and used a winch to get the car out of the brush and back up onto the highway, which took a fairly long time.

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No real bad traffic backups as a result. This woman got very lucky.

Machine Shop Burns in Tewksbury

Tewksbury firefighters were first alerted to a fire on the south end of town tonight by a 911 caller who reported a building in flames across from 111 Poplar St., off South Street, at 11:33 p.m.
The first crews on scene found heavy fire coming from the front of the building, so a second alarm was struck almost immediately and crews surrounded the fire and dumped water on it to keep it contained.
The flames were under control by a little before midnight, but crews remained at the scene early this morning.
Police later said they determined the blaze was at the Charles E. Killam Company, 120 Poplar Street.
I drove down but an acrid smoke coming from the flames prompted police to keep us reporters back, since they weren’t sure what kind of burning chemicals or materials were prompting that smelly smoke. No pictures or video.

Tow Truck Strikes Hotel

Police and firefighters got called to the Best Western Hotel, 168 Chelmsford Street (Route 110) tonight about 6:15 p.m., for a report that a tow truck had struck the building.
Crews arrived to find that an unattended Ferreira Towing tow truck had rolled into the building and ruptured a 1-inch gas line that feeds a heater in the wall of the building.
The line was ruptured below a shutoff valve, so the gas couldn’t be stopped until the flow to the entire building was closed.
Here’s a picture of the truck and building after firefighters pushed it back away from the wall.

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Fire Capt. Hank Houle said some guests had already gotten out of the hotel, but that three firefighters and a police officer went door to door and told a total of about 150 people to evacuate until things could be secured.
National Grid was called to the scene, and eventually gas was shutoff to the affected area. Guests were allowed back into the hotel after about 45 minutes.
Houle said the building inspector determined that only the room where the truck struck the wall had any significant damage. The portion of the hotel around where the truck hit remained closed last night, and guests from those rooms were moved elsewhere in the hotel.
No one was hurt.
Below is some video of the scene.

Deputy Ubele tells me it appears the driver was out of the truck preparing to tow a car, with the emergency break engaged, when a mechanical failure occurred.
Police are still investigating to make sure that initial appearance is indeed what happened, though. I might be getting more info tomorrow.

Help Police Find Missing Child

DISREGARD! Good news just now via email.
Capt. Humphrey just sent a follow up saying the girl has been found, unharmed, with her father at Chuck-E-Cheese, 209 Plain St., in Lowell, and is being returned to her mother.
Police are still there determining how to proceed, and the Captain says he’ll report later whether charges will be filed.

City police are asking everyone in the city and area to help them find a missing 14-month-old girl who was taken by her father in a parental kidnapping this morning about 8:30 a.m.
Capt. Humphrey just sent a release saying officers were called to 63 Manchester Street this morning and learned that Nehemie Auguste, 21, had just gone to his daughter’s daycare, forced his way inside and took his biological daughter, Harmony.
Police say Auguste and the child’s mother, Amanda Cardoso, 21, of Lowell, are separated and that Cardoso has custody of the child.
Auguste is a 21-year-old black male, who is driving a gray, 2003 Toyota Highlander with Massachusetts license plate 9694TC. The vehicle is not equipped with a carseat.
Anyone with information or who spots the vehicle is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200.
Callers can also use Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

9-Year-Old Struck by Hit & Run Driver

Police are looking for a black Nissan or Mazda with no hubcaps after its driver ran over a 9-year-old boy in front of 81 Dover Street in Lowell about 5:30 p.m.
The 9-year-old’s brother, Seyha Un, 13, saw the accident, and said his brother walked out into the street and saw the car coming at him but was unable to avoid getting his leg run over by the car’s wheels.

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Un said he chased the car down the street, but that it blew through the stop sign at the intersection with Westford Street. Police said the car turned outbound on Westford Street.
The 9-year-old remained conscious at the scene. He was taken to Lowell General Hospital.

Anyone who spots the black car or who has information on who it may have been should call Lowell Police at 978.937.3200.

Halloween Safety

Capt. Humphrey emailed today to ask me to help spread the word that trick-or-treating in Lowell will be held this Sunday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Safety Officer Paul Corcoran followed that up pretty quickly by emailing me a list of Halloween safety tips he has put together over the years.
I’m not going to go through them all here, but if you have kids who are heading out or just want to take a look you can download Paul’s brochure here.
Have a safe night everyone and don’t end up in my blog.