Local police respond to Route 9 car accident and fire
On 10/16/13 at approximately 1828 hours a vehicle operated by a 48 year old female Worcester resident was traveling westbound on Belmont Street (Route 9) at Lawrence Street. A second vehicle was traveling eastbound on Belmont Street at the on-ramp from Southwest Cutoff. The left rear wheel the second vehicle broke free, bounced across the jersey barrier into the westbound lanes, and impacted the windshield of vehicle 1. The impact from the wheel in the windshield of vehicle 1 caused the operator to lose control, veering off the road to the right. Vehicle 1 hit the curb of the traffic island in front of the Sunoco gas station. Vehicle 1 traveled across that traffic island striking a temporary U-Haul advertisement sign. Vehicle 1 then hit the curb of the traffic island in front of the Village Gun Shop. Vehicle 1 traveled across the second traffic island striking another temporary sign and a utility pole. Vehicle 1 came to a rest in front of the Village Gun Shop sign resting on the driver’s side. The operator was pulled from the vehicle by a bystander. The vehicle then became fully engulfed in flames. The Northborough Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Westborough Fire Department assisted at the scene. The operator of vehicle 1 was treated at the scene but declined transport to a hospital from Northborough Fire Department EMS.
The fire caused substantial damage to a vehicle displayed for sale in the lot of C&C Motors and minor damage to at least three others. Vehicle 2 was able to travel east on Belmont Street for approximately 500 feet and pull off onto the soft shoulder. McFee & Newton Towing and Recovery, Inc. of Northborough responded with multiple trucks and personnel to upright vehicle 1, remove vehicles from the scene and clean debris from the area.
At this time it does not appear drugs or alcohol were a factor. The crash is being investigated by Ofc. J. Donahue.
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