SHREWSBURY – What started out to be a night of last minute holiday preparations for many turned into a night with not one, but three major, head on, traffic accidents, all across a 1 mile stretch of Main Street.
As was reported yesterday, the first event occurred at approximately 5PM on Main Street in front of Rite Aid Pharmacy, when a car moving eastbound on Main crossed the center line into the opposing lane, striking another car head on. No serious injuries were reported.
The second accident occurred at 6PM, on Main Street at the intersection with Summer Street, when a Jeep Cherokee being driven eastbound crossed the center line, striking a minivan and destroying both vehicles, and sending both drivers to the hospital.
The third accident proved to be the most horrific of the three, and occurred at approximately 9PM, also on Main Street, near Dean Park. According to the official Police Press release, at 8:54PM, Shrewsbury Police, Fire, EMS responded to the area of 761 Main Street for a head on motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of one of the Operators.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2004 Hyundai Elantra was operating in the 700 block of Main Street, eastbound, when it crossed the center line, then struck a 1997 Dodge Pickup truck head on.
Officer Chad Chysna of the Shrewsbury Police first on scene, discovered the operator of the Hyundai was not breathing, and rendered aid until additional assistance arrived.
The driver of the Hyundai was treated at the scene and transported by UMASS EMS Paramedics to UMASS Medical Center, University Campus in Worcester, Ma., and later died. The deceased is identified as Elena Fedoseev, 49 years old, Renfrew St, Shrewsbury, Ma.
The driver of the Dodge, Levi I Alves, 48 years old, West Main St, Marlborough, Ma., suffered non life threatening injury, but was also transported to UMASS.
Main St. traffic in Shrewsbury was detoured at the accident scene for approximately 2 hours for initial rescue efforts and for the accident investigation. The crash remains under investigation by Officer Sean Maynard, and Officer Richard Fiske, from the Shrewsbury Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.
At this holiday time, and all times of the year, everyone please be safe on the roads. It’s getting darker earlier and everyone is often in a rush to get places, but we need to all remember that safety comes first, and that it’s not always just about what you’re doing, but what others around you are doing as well.