Saturday, May 23, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Pinned Post

"Woman, 24, dies after being pinned under truck in Worcester" by Aneri Pattani Globe Correspondent  May 15, 2015

A 24-year-old woman was dragged under a tractor-trailer in Worcester late Thursday while running to avoid a light pole that was knocked down by the truck, authorities said.

Sara Ewing died at a local hospital after the accident in Kelley Square, which occurred around 9:30 p.m., said Worcester police Sergeant Kerry Hazelhurst.

The crash happened as the truck entered Kelley Square, police said in a statement. The truck tried to turn right onto the ramp for Interstate 290, but cut too close to the side of the road and hit the light pole, causing it to fall, police said.

Ewing, who was standing near the pole along with a man, was forced toward the truck as it was turning. She was pinned under the truck’s rear wheels. The man suffered a serious injury when one of the tires ran over his foot, police said. The man’s name was not released.

Police did not release the truck driver’s name, as the accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed.

The truck is owned by Ocean Star Transportation of Wethersfield, Conn. The company declined to comment.



"Police have cited a tractor-trailer driver they said was behind the wheel of a rig that pinned and killed a woman in Worcester. Police said Gary Shray, of Oriental, N.C., has also been cited for negligent operation and failure to use care in turning in connection with the death Thursday of Sarah Ewing, 24, of Hudson. Shray, who drives for Ocean Star Transportation of East Hartford, Conn., will be summoned to court. Police said after Shray pulled over to let a fire truck pass, he turned too sharply toward a highway ramp and knocked over a light post, forcing Ewing and a friend into his truck’s path. Ewing was trapped under the vehicle’s rear wheels."

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