Friday, March 28, 2008
Driver loses control, car rolls over on West Street
Monday morning’s commute was cut short for a West Street resident when she reportedly hit a patch of black ice and lost control of her car, resulting in a roll-over. The one-car accident happened at approximately 7:35 a.m. at a spot halfway between South Street and Acton Street. Police on the scene said the woman appeared to be uninjured, but the Fire Department ambulance transported her to Emerson Hospital as a precaution. Fire Chief David Flannery later confirmed that only very minor injuries were sustained. Neither the Police nor the Fire Department would release the name.
The small sedan was traveling south before the accident, which deployed the airbag and badly damaged the vehicle. A woman who came upon the accident scene said she herself had trouble stopping. She said she came around the curve, saw the accident and skidded on black ice.
“Drivers go through puddles,” said Carlisle Officer Leo Crowe, who was helping at the scene. He explained that moisture is picked up by passing tires and deposited further down the road where it freezes into black ice. The temperature Monday morning was around 25°F. Shortly after the accident, there were two tracks of black ice visible leading up to the rolled-over car. The road was slippery underfoot on the tracks but not on the road surrounding them.
The area of the accident has given many drivers difficulty. Cars heading north from Concord frequently have trouble navigating the bend just past Log Hill Road, and end up swerving into a stone wall on the right. One car went through the stone wall this past December and had to be towed out of the ditch beyond. ∆
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