2 drivers die in accidents on rain-slicked roads
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
In New Bedford at 10:50 a.m., the driver of a 2000
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
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.