Tough weekend on the roads

It was a rough weekend on highways across the state.

Four people were killed in three crashes around the state this weekend, including a 31-year-old Lowell man who died after he was ejected from a Ford Expedition that rolled over on Route 25 in Plymouth on Saturday morning.

A 41-year-old Lowell woman who was driving that Expedition is also hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after she was partially ejected.

State Police said in a release you can download here, that Ran Sat, 31, of Lowell, died at Tobey Hospital in Wareham despite the efforts of Trooper William Bates, who performed CPR on Sat at the scene of the crash on Route 25 near mile marker 6 on Saturday about 8:20 a.m.

The driver of the Expedition, Sophy Bo, 41, of Lowell, was partially ejected as the vehicle rolled over. She too suffered what police described as life-threatening injuries.

Bo was taken to Tobey Hospital, and from there was flown to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where state police said she was listed in fair condition this afternoon. Continue reading

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Mustang versus Crown Vic in Lowell

The Mustang lost.

I’m not yet sure what started the motor vehicle pursuit that started on Bridge Street in Centralville tonight, but I do know how it ended, because it ended with this guy in handcuffs.

Police tell me this is Anthony Burcell, 20, of 240 Pelczar Road, Dracut.

Police say officers in a car that patrols Centralville tried to stop the Ford Mustang pictured below here on Bridge Street about 8:20 p.m., but the driver of the car refused to stop.

The chase went up Bridge Street, and I’m told Pelczar nearly struck several pedestrians as he fled police. Continue reading

Four-car crash in Tyngsboro

I got an email tonight from my fellow blogger Mikhail Higley, of Tyngsboro, who sent a picture and some information about a four-car crash on Westford Road in Tyngsboro that occurred on June 15.

Mikhail sent the picture included here, and posted the following account of the crash on his blog.

This evening around 5:30 a call came in for a four car MVA on Westford road right in front of Tyngs Tarry. Police and fire responded. When fire got there they were told there were no injuries so they left and went to a medical on Frost Road. I also responded. I spoke with one of the parties that told me that a white Honda accord slammed into his car and it was the domino effect through all of them. Only one car was damaged enough to be towed. Luckily no one was hurt.

For those who don’t remember from previous posts, Mikhail is a 13-year-old young man from Tyngsboro who runs his own emergency blog in Tyngsboro. You can also like his blog on Facebook by clicking on this link.

Mikhail reports that, up until recently, things had been fairly quiet in Tyngsboro.

Rollover into a house in Pelham

Pelham Police were called to 46 Old Gage Hill Road, a few hundred yards from Ledge Road, tonight about 8:30 p.m., for a report of a motor vehicle rollover.

Police and emergency crews arrived to find a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer that was traveling toward Route 38 on Old Gage Hill Road when it went out of control, rolled over, struck a pickup truck and a house and then came to rest on its side and caught fire.

“The vehicle had sustained extensive damage and was on fire,” Lt. Gary Fisher said in a press release. “With the assistance of some concerned citizens, officers were able to move the driver away from the vehicle and extinguish the flames.”

The picture above is the best shot I could get of the vehicle when I went to the scene, because police were reconstructing what happened and the area directly around the car was part of the crime scene.

Lt. Fisher, who was on scene, said the driver, Michael Walworth, 27, of Methuen, suffered life-threatening injuries. Walworth was taken by ambulance to the Harris Pelham Inn, where the MedFlight helicopter was waiting. He was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Lt. Fisher said both speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this crash, though no charges have been filed so far.

UPDATE: Lt. Fisher tells me Walworth is in critical condition at Mass General tonight. No one was home at the time of this crash. The residents of the home haven’t answered my calls so far.

Ejected without a helmet on

It’s bike week in Laconia, N.H., and New Hampshire State Police say a 43-year-old Lowell man who went north to join the festivities is fighting for his life tonight after crashing his motorcycle while he didn’t have a helmet on.

State Police say Joseph Camara, 43, of Lowell, was taken to Lakes Regional Medical Center and then flown by MedFlight to Maine Medical Center after his motorcycle rear-ended a 2002 Dodge Caravan being driven on Route 3 in Laconia today about 2 p.m.

Police say Camara pulled out of the parking lot of Funspot, and then drove into the back of a Caravan driven by Richard Gaynor, 42, of New Hampton, N.H. Gaynor was not hurt.

Camara was ejected from his bike, and suffered serious injuries. Police said he was in stable condition at Maine Medical Center as of 6:40 p.m.

New Hampshire State Police are reconstructing the accident, and asking that anyone who witnessed the crash call Trooper First Class John Curran at 603.223.8838.

You can download the New Hampshire State Police press release here.

Please remember to keep an eye out for motorcycles this time of year.

Whose pills are those?

Officer Kevin Gillan was driving the Lowell Police prisoner transport wagon on Fletcher Street, at Bowers Street, tonight about 9:30 p.m., when he radioed for dispatch to send firefighters and a cruiser to a crash he came across.

Then he told dispatchers to send an ambulance, as a woman screamed in the background.

I was interested.

I arrived on Fletcher Street to find a white Hyundai Accent with front end damage and air bags deployed. A woman who was in the passenger seat of that car was being put into a stretcher by firefighters and EMTs.

Police were talking to the female driver of the Hyundai.

The Hyundai collided with a Honda, who’s 63-year-old male driver was calmly talking to police. A woman in her 60’s who was a passenger in his car was taken to Lowell General Hospital. Continue reading

Rollover involving school vehicle

Chelmsford Police were called to the Drum Hill Rotary today at 3:11 p.m., for a report of a motor vehicle crash in which a school vehicle rolled over.

I’ve seen reports that this was a bus, but it was actually a minivan equipped with bus lights that is owned by the Lighthouse School in Chelmford, according to Lt. James Spinney.

All photos in this entry are by Bob Whitaker.

“A minivan from the Lighthouse School was coming up Northern Avenue and entering the rotary when it appears a sedan heading from the Drum Hill area to Route 3 North hit the minivan in the intersection,” Spinney said.

The impact caused the minivan, pictured below, to rollover. Continue reading