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Milford man killed in accident on I-495
MARLBORO - A Milford man was killed last night when his truck went off Interstate 495.
State police said that around 7:45 p.m., a 70-year-old man from Milford was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup on I-495 north, north of Exit 23C, when he drifted off into the grassy median. He was able to return the truck to the roadway, but it again went off the road and entered the median, rolled over and down an embankment, coming to a rest on its tires, according to a preliminary investigation by Trooper Kenneth Proulx. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.
The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family, state police said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Troopers at the scene were assisted by Marlboro firefighters and the state Department of Transportation. The left travel lane was closed because of the investigation, state police said.
O'Connell opposes North High name change
WORCESTER - State Rep. John P. Fresolo, D-Worcester, might be eager to rename the new North High School for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, but he'll face opposition from at least one School Committee member.
Brian A. O'Connell, who is serving his 14th term on the committee, sent a letter to the city's legislative delegation, the City Council and the School Committee saying that school pride is school pride, and in this case, people are attached to a school named North, wherever it sits.
Its original site on Salisbury Street was north of the other schools when all were downtown, he said. "North anchored the northern edge of the downtown region on lower Salisbury Street ... while South High School marked the opposite edge of downtown on Richards Street (in the building which now contains the Goddard School of Science and Technology). In between them were Commerce High School, on Walnut Street, Classical High School, on Irving Street, and Boys' Trade and David Hale Fanning Girls' Trade Schools," Mr. O'Connell wrote.
Both North and South kept their names when they moved. "They both realized that a school's name, over time, reflects and epitomizes its history," Mr. O'Connell wrote. "North can truly be proud of its name, as it now stands poised to bring that school, and that fine name, forward into a bright future."
Trench collapses, trapping worker
WORCESTER - A 33-year-old Auburn man went to the hospital to get...