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2 drivers die in accidents on rain-slicked roads

Rescuers carried a person injured in a nonfatal SUV crash on Route 128 yesterday. Slick roads caused dozens of accidents. (SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF)

Two men died in separate accidents when they lost control of their vehicles in Boxborough and New Bedford yesterday during a sloppy winter storm that washed away an early dusting of snow with up to 3 inches of rain.

State Trooper Kara England said slick roads caused dozens of single-car accidents, with the bulk of the wrecks outside Boston, especially north of the city. Investigators have not yet determined if weather played a role in the fatal crashes, England said.

In Boxborough on northbound Interstate 495, the driver of a double tractor-trailer swerved to avoid two skidding cars and lost control of his truck, hitting a guardrail before tumbling down a hill into woods. Truck driver Jack A. McPhail , 47, of Gray, Maine, died at the scene, according to State Police. The wreck at 6:40 a.m. closed all four lanes of northbound I-495 for almost three hours.

Four people traveling in a 1997 Mitsubishi Galant -- one of the skidding cars that McPhail tried to avoid -- were also were taken to area hospitals with injuries that State Police said were not life-threatening. They included the driver, Jose B. DeOliveira , 53, of Ashland, and three passengers whom police did not identify.

In New Bedford at 10:50 a.m., the driver of a 2000 Toyota pickup lost control on eastbound Interstate 195, hit a bridge, and rolled over near Washburn Street. Peter Davidopoulos , 57, of New Bedford, was not wearing a seat belt, according to State Police. He was thrown from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

Also yesterday, State Police identified a woman who died Thursday after being injured in Danvers. Jean Davis , 73, of Amesbury was a passenger in a 2004 Honda that was hit by another car on a ramp from northbound Interstate 95 onto Route 114 west.

Thursday afternoon, a 63-year-old man was killed on Storrow Drive when he lost control of his 1994 Mercury Villager minivan and hit a guardrail near the Fiedler Footbridge, State Police said.

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