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Serious Accident Causes Part of Route 123 to be Closed

Elderly driver transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

*UPDATE* 4:41 p.m.: West Main Street has been opened. The driver was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. For more information, click here

An elderly driver hit a town plowing truck head on Tuesday afternoon, causing the section of Route 123 near St. Mary's Church to be closed off.

State Police are currently piecing together what happened. Norton Police Lieutenant Todd Jackson said that the road will be opened after they are finished. He estimates this to be around one hour. In the meantime, traffic is being detoured down Power Street to S. Worcester Street back to Route 123.

The elderly driver was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Check Norton Patch later for more information.

Worried Mother February 12, 2013 at 09:18 PM
THIS TOWN'S SAFETY IS FALLING APART AS WE SPEAK. DANGER IN THE STREETS. DANGER FOR THE CHILDREN. DANGER FOR THE LOVED ONES. THE CROSSING CHILDREN AND THE WALKING CHILDREN ARE NO LONGER SAFE. JUST ONE MORE EXAMPLE WHY SCHOOL SHOULD BE CANCELLED OR DELAYED AT LEAST UNTIL THE STUDENTS ARE PUT FIRST. SIDEWALKS MUST BE PLOWED BEFORE STUDENTS CAN ATTEND SCHOOL. WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO CANNOT DRIVE OR TAKE THE BUS? THEY ARE FORCED TO NOW WALK ON THE SLUSHY STREETS WITH NO SIDEWALKS AT ALL. THE YOUTH ARE THE FUTURE AND THEIR LIVES SHOULD NOT BE AT STAKE. KEEP CHILDREN AT HOME UNTIL IT IS SAFE FOR THEM TO WALK OUT THEIR FRONT. THEIR YOUNG LIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN MISSING ONE DAY OF EDUCATION.
Worried Mother February 12, 2013 at 09:27 PM
NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT IF AN ELDERLY DRIVER (GOD BLESS THEIR SOUL AND MAY THEY COME OUT OF THIS ACCIDENT SAFE AND HEALTHY) CRASHES, TEEN DRIVERS ARE MOST CERTAINLY TO DO THE SAME. THESE POOR STUDENT DRIVERS ARE INEXPERIENCED AND HAVE FUTURES AHEAD OF THEM THAT SHOULD NOT BE JEOPARDIZED BY PETTY TOWN GOVERNMENT DECISIONS. ROADS SHOULD BE CLEARED BEFORE DRIVERS (TEENS ESPECIALLY) SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO FIND THEIR WAY TO SCHOOL.
Derek A February 12, 2013 at 09:50 PM
^ bit of an overreaction
Diana Poirier February 12, 2013 at 10:03 PM
^ like..^^...no child is forced to walk..Norton has a strict NO WALK POLICY...if a child is walking the parent has refused the bus..yes in grades 7-12..everyone must pay the user fee (for family's who can't afford it there is a waiver)..for grades k-6..everyone rides free UNLESS your within 2 miles then the user fee applies..i drove a bus all day today the roads were fine the bus sits higher than the snow bank fyi..WE ARE PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED DRIVERS WE HAVE SAFETY MEETING ONCE A MONTH..also anyone who is walking the PARENT HAD TO SIGN A PERMISSION SLIP AND A WAIVER FOR SUCH CHILD TO DO SO..jeez get over the fact that they had school already..
Mary S February 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM
For those that don't understand the whole story or failed to read The Sun Chronicle, the streets were clear and dry, the 50 year old driver crossed the line and hit the plow truck. Unfortunately, the ranting above has nothing to do with this tragic event that occured today. May he rest in peace.
Mary S February 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM
^Like^
Worried Mother February 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT I MEANT ABSOLUTELY NO DISRESPECT TO OUR TOWN'S SCHOOL DISTRICT OR THE DRIVER INVOLVED IN TODAY'S ACCIDENT. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS IS A PUBLIC FORUM IN WHICH ANYONE AND EVERYONE CAN VOICE THEIR OPINIONS WHETHER OTHERS AGREE WITH THEM OR NOT. I HAVE DONE NO WRONG BY SHARING MY THOUGHTS WITH YOU TODAY ON THE STATE OF OUR TOWN FOLLOWING THE BLIZZARD. I RESPECT YOUR THOUGHTS AND RESERVATIONS TOWARDS MY OWN BELIEFS AND I HOPE THAT YOU WOULD IN TURN RESPECT MINE AS WELL.
Robbin February 13, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I'm confused by Mary's post. Did the driver of today's 4pm crash die? You reference today's sun chronicle but this accident happened after today's edition was published. Also that the driver was 50 and that is hardly elderly.
Kelly A. Mello (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Hi Robbin, the initial report from police called him elderly. They were not sure of his age at that time. Also, he did unfortunately die.
Nicole Willis February 13, 2013 at 05:04 AM
hey "worried mother" instead of complaining about alittle bit of snow... thats not even how the roads. Kids all went to school today with no problems. Why don't you show some respect to the live that ws lost.. RIP.
Catherine Burns February 13, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Hello, I am the driver's sister who died today and please understand this is a horrific time for our family, you can't even imagine. We just lost our father ONLY 3 days ago. Our dad died Sat afternoon, we learned of it Sunday and now today, only 2 days later, I have lost my brother too. You hear of these crazy things happening and your heart breaks for "that" family, now I AM "that" family. Lost both my Dad & brother is 3 days. Devastated beyond words. He was a loving wonderful man, actually they both were.I just wanted you to know that the driver was a beautiful person and loved. I live in FL and am trying very hard to get there to say Goodbye, but due to the storms and other flight issues, so far no success. TY to those for thoughts n prayers~Cassie
Mary S February 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Catherine, God bless you and your family during this time as you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Pam Frazer February 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Catherine, I am so sorry for the lose of you Dad and now your brother. The loss of one family member whom you love dearly is devastating but to lose two in 3 days is unbearable. My heart, thoughts,prayers and most deepest sympathies go to you and your family. I found out about this yesterday and saw the pictures of the accident. In all honesty I thought it was bad but not this bad. In the article that came out it said "elderly driver" then I find out your brother passed and was only 50 years old. I am 46. I live in Norton. I really hope you can some how find a way to get up here and find some kind of peace and closure which in these types of situations is very difficult. I really wish you luck getting here. you and your family are in my thoughts. Sincerely Pam Frazer
Pam Frazer February 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM
I agree with you!00%. The town has done a lousy job this time with clean up. As far as the backroads they are so narrowed that 2 cars can barely get by each other. As far as sidewalks they were bad enough before the storm. These poor kids that have to walk to school have to walk on the busy streets. This town needs to take care of the people who live in it and make sure they are safe.The town is always in debt because they blow the money on garbage then turn around and raise peoples taxes to compensate for their mistakes.
Pam Frazer February 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM
I have a few questions. When the story about yesterday's tragic accident came out why was it written that it was an "elderly driver" when he was only 50 years old? Why do reporters write things that they have no information on? My Dad passed away on April 15,2006 in an accident on I-95. All the stories printed in the Sun Chronicle were wrong and the news stations reports as well. Then that night he passed away the news camped out at his house all night with the spotlight on it. Why do they pull this garbage? It is bad enough to lose a family member but writting incorrect information etc hurts the families more. I can see writting about something like that but don't put information that you don't know is fact. When the facts come out then write a story.
Robyn February 13, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Catherine - I was 2 cars behind the Plow truck yesterday and witnessed the accident. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Robyn
Kelly A. Mello (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Hi Pam, as I mentioned earlier in the comments thread, Norton Police Department said the man was elderly when I called to get information. They did not have his actual age, so I trusted their information and that is what I put in the initial story. In the followup, found at http://patch.com/A-1Sxz, I put in his actual age.
Catherine Burns February 13, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Thank you so much for the prayers, we certainly need all of them, never can have too much of a really good thing they say :) To the lady above "ROBYN", may I ask please that you contatc tme if you feel comfortable in doing so? I have just a couple quick (private) questions. My email is Cassieburns1106---I use aol.com To you also, ty VERY much for sympathy & support. I was unsuccessful at getting up to Mass from FL; several obstacles, my friend called it "the perfect storm"; apparently alot of places are on school break now and are traveling, huge snow storm and power outages even with family I would have stayed with, people stranded at airports and took seating on later flights, several hotels are booked with help for electric outages from out of state employees that are here due to State of Emergency, and lastly, the cost was enormous and I'm a single Mom who just cannot make it happen. I am going to send a beautiful cross of flowers for my Dad and try my best to help with the funeral expenses for my brother so at least I feel I am helping from afar. I would give anything to go, I finagled, begged, prayed, and even tried to borrow from both Peter AND Paul (lol) as they say. My body may be here, but my heart is there and my Dad & brother know it. Trying to keep good spirits as I have children that need Mom to be strong, they lost a Grandpa and an Uncle. Well, many thank you's and keep the prayers strong for us all-God Bless~~~Cassie
Pam Frazer February 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Your situation is absolutely a sad, devastating and tragic one. I know I said it before but even more so now. They say things happen for a reason and we wonder what the reason is. We unfortunately never find out. God has a plan for everyone. I don't know how old your children are but I hope they are okay. I don't live far from the scene but I had to go by it today to go somewhere and I thought of you and your brother. i did not know him but this is a small town so who knows.my heart sank due to your circumstance. I hope you can try to keep up good spirits. Remember only the good die young.
Catherine Burns February 20, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Well that certainly is true Pam, he was one of the BEST. I sadly neevr made it up to either service and today Bill was laid to rest with my Dad. I too saw the pictures and thought it looked almost "minor" as the damage I saw did not look fatal. I have seen much worse. I sadly still have not heard anything from anyone on details fo the accident, cause, etc I am living one hour at a time, that's all I can give at this point until the day comes when this sadness makes some kind of sense. I DO know that they are together and in a peaceful place with my Mom who passed a few years ago at age 52. So my family is there and I will see them again one day, for now, my children and I will miss them dearly and together, somehow get through this heartache, my family would want that for us. TY all for the kind words and may I suggest to everyone; please go hug your loved one a little tighter tonight, be loving and thankful for each other and lastly, Let all learn a little more patience and kindness out of this tragedy.~~~Cassie B.
Pam Frazer February 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM
I am so sorry you could not get here for either service but keep in mind that your Dad, brother and Mom are watching you and know your circumstance. They understand. All you can do right now is live minute by minute and hour by hour. I lost my Mom at the age of 56 in 1999 and my Dad at age 62 in 2006. There is still some pain. When a loved one passes away from something other than natural causes it is hard to ever make sense out of it. I keep seeing the pictures of the accident and I look at them. I as well think it looked "minor" and I wonder if your brother may have had a medical issue and passed out. There are no skid marks which to me seems odd. You would think if he was awake and saw the plow truck he would have slammed on the breaks or somehow try to go in a different direction. Unfortunately in some these cases it takes awhile for them to investigate what happened and the cause of his passing. You may be able to call the Norton Police Dept and ask if they know anything yet or at least have an idea as to whether it was a medical issue etc. They say "Time heals all wounds". I believe some wounds can not be 100% healed. I am sure others think the same thing. Please take care of yourself and children. My Mom always told me "We are living in hell and we will go to a better place".

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