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Massachusetts Stats for Children and Teens Killed in Car Accidents over 15 Year Period

It is a sad and tragic fact that car accidents are the number one cause of death for individuals who are 19
years of age and under. However, there was some good news for our younger Massachusetts motorists
from a recently published study by ValuePenguin. The study analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled from 2004 to 2018 using its Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). The findings indicated that Massachusetts was 49 th out of 50 states in the
percentage of auto fatality rates for children and teens per 100,000 people.

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$21M Federal Grant for Safety Enhancement of I495 Mass Pike Junction

For years, motorists and truckers have had to contend with unreasonably dangerous conditions at the
junction of I-495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike in Hopkinton. One motorist who is familiar with the
area has named it “the Nexus of Hell.” Although changes typically come slowly, especially at the
government level, a $21 Million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation was recently
announced for the re-design and upgrading of this critical portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Some
construction has been ongoing and 25% of the project is expected to be undertaken shortly. The
completion date is scheduled for 2026.

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Massachusetts Pike Rollover Truck Carrying Bananas

A rollover accident on the Massachusetts turnpike in early October resulted in a spill of thousands of
bananas and the leaking of about 100 gallons of gasoline from the overturned truck. State police were
forced to close eastbound lanes at Exit 18 for 9-hours while the bananas were recovered, and absorbent
used to neutralize the diesel fuel. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries. There were no details about what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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