January 2 2020

Driver and Three Passengers Taken to Hospital After Ice Crashes Through Windshield in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford


Update 1/3/2020 at 4 p.m.


The 40-year-old Newton man injured in Thursday’s incident has been identified as Eric Travers, a firefighter with the Newton Fire Department. The 38-year-old passenger has been identified as Marta Travers. 


Fox 25 reports that Eric Travers remained at Massachusetts General Hospital recovering from his injuries. Those include facial lacerations and glass in his eyes.



Update 1/2/2020 at 3:30 p.m.: 


According to the Massachusetts State Police the pickup occupied by the victims was a 2019 Dogge 1500. The driver who was transported to Mass General Hospital with potentially serious injuries is a 40-year-old Newton man. 


According to the Burlington Fire Department, who responded to the incident, A large section of the ice sheet went through the vehicle's windshield, striking the male driver in the face. Numerous pieces of ice were scattered inside of the vehicle and on the ground around it. The driver was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious facial lacerations.


The front-seat passenger was a 38-year-old Newton woman who was transported with minor injuries. The two children were a 3-year-old boy and a 1-and-a-half year old girl. The boy was transported with less serious facial lacerations. The girl was not injured but was taken to the hospital for precuationary reasons. 


According to a preliminary investigation by Trooper John Ciszek, the pickup was traveling northbound on Route 3 in Burlington when a large piece or pieces of ice flew off the roof of a box truck that was traveling ahead of the pickup, state police say. The ice smashed through the windshield on the driver’s side, causing the injuries. The pickup came to a stop; the box truck continued to travel north on Route 3. The pickup was towed by Winn Street Services of Burlington.


Authorities say that with assistance from a witness who followed the box truck, Trooper Ciszek located and stopped the box truck in  Chelmsford. The truck is owned by a moving company, Diggins & Rose Moving Systems of Hudson, N.H., an agent of United Van Lines. 


The operator of the moving truck was 55-year-old man from Litchfield, N.H. The operator was cooperative and stated that he was unaware of the presence ice on the roof of the truck. The operated was issued warnings for having an unsecured load and impeded operation. 


Authorities say all drivers must ensure their vehicles are clear of snow and ice before operating them. 


“This serious incident could have been much worse if not for the quick thinking of the driver, who quickly pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road,” Burlington Fire Chief Michael Patterson said. “This is an example of the importance of clearing ice and snow off of the roof of your vehicle, and the dangers that can occur if snow and ice fall off of a vehicle while it is being driven.”



Original Story: 

The Massachusetts State Police is responding to an accident that could have been caused by ice falling off a truck in Burlington. 
 According to a release, troopers from State Police-Concord are currently investigating an incident in which ice is believed to have dislodged from a commercial truck and smashed through the windshield of a pickup truck on Route 3 north, south of Exit 26, in Burlington. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m.
 Authorities say the pickup was occupied by an adult male and female and two juveniles. The driver of the pickup suffered serious injuries and has been transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Other occupants of the pickup were also transported to MGH with suspected minor injuries.
 The vehicle from which the ice allegedly came is believed to be a moving truck with a New Hampshire registration, police say. A Trooper stopped the suspected truck several minutes after the incident. 


“The investigation is ongoing,” State Police say. “We have no further info to release at this time. We will update once we have more confirmed info.”


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