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Driver dies in Walpole crash; 10 hurt in Boxborough

Police plead with motorists to wear their seat belts

A 24-year-old Norwood woman died, and more than a dozen people were injured in crashes in Eastern Massachusetts yesterday.

Just before 2 p.m., a 2009 Ford Focus driven by Alison E. Irving in the left lane of Interstate 95 south in Walpole spun across the travel lanes, striking a right side guardrail, rolling over, and landing on its roof.

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Irving was partially thrown from the car and killed instantly.

Her passenger, 25-year-old Andrew A. Costello, also from Norwood, was thrown from the vehicle into the woods. He was taken by medical helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.

All southbound lanes were closed for the rescue operation for more than two hours, and traffic was detoured onto Coney Street, State Police said.

About 3:30 p.m., a van and two other vehicles crashed on Interstate 495 northbound in Boxborough, leaving 10 people injured as police called for ambulances and another medical helicopter. Victims were taken to area hospitals, and none of their injuries were considered life-threatening, State Police said.

The highway was closed in both directions for hours during the investigation and rescue. At least one person was thrown from the van.

Police said a medical helicopter was delayed because TV news helicopters were hovering too close in Boxborough.

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The medical helicopter was delayed in taking off from the scene because three television news helicopters were hovering too close to the scene, State Police said.

At 3:33 p.m., State Police reported that they were en route to a multiple-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Wrentham, where several people had been injured. Three cars were involved in the crash, and a utility pole caught fire.

The first vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, was driven by a 60-year-old Cumberland, R.I., man who was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro with minor injuries. The driver of a 2011 Nissan Quest, a 35-year-old Walpole woman, was not hurt. A 45-year-old Walpole man, driving a 2001 Honda Accord, was also taken to Sturdy with minor injuries, police said.

Another crash was reported around 4:36 p.m. in Sudbury, closing Route 20, a main thoroughfare through town. The crash occurred near Brimstone Lane. No details were released.

In the accidents yesterday, State Police believe many of the victims, including children, were not wearing seatbelts.

“The overwhelming majority of ejected victims in crashes we handle are found to not have been wearing seatbelts,’’ said State Police spokesman David Procopio.

“It is inexcusable and outrageously irresponsible for adults to drive children without ensuring they have proper safety restraints.’’

The crashes occurred after two fatal accidents Monday, one on Route 1A in Revere and the other on I-95 in Mansfield. Black ice has been called a possible cause of both crashes.

The crash in Revere led a city councilor to call for more signs warning drivers about black ice around the General Edwards Bridge. Councilor John R. Correggio, a retired Revere fire lieutenant, said he would make a motion at a Jan. 9 meeting to send a letter to the state Department of Transportation, asking it to propose the signs and “address serious safety issues.’’

“To me it’s a very serious matter,’’ Correggio said. “There was a loss of life due to black ice. I don’t want to see another life lost on that bridge. We need more safety signage on the bridge, maybe some better lighting as well.’’

John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane of the Globe staff and Globe correspondents Jaime Lutz and Derek J. Anderson contributed to this report. John M. Guilfoil can be reached at jguilfoil@globe.com.
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