Horror on UML sidewalk

Horror on UML sidewalk

There are 88 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 1, 2008, titled Horror on UML sidewalk. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Rachel Carnes saw the pickup coming. She was standing next to a bench on University Avenue when the Dodge Ram flew off the road and struck her on the sidewalk, witnesses said.

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UML Student

Montgomery, AL

#21 Feb 1, 2008
UML Alumnus wrote:
That road was, is and always will be dangerous until something is done to fix it albeit speedbumps or another light in front of the library. To the UML student from Bedford, I wouldn't be too critical of other's comprehension skills until you learn how to spell correctly. I know UML has great English courses.
Sure, spend a couple grand on speed bumps or a couple HUNDRED on lights that will only work for crossing students when they're crossing.

Stick to being critical of minor typos and leave teh real thinking to people who can do it...

Mattapan, MA

#22 Feb 1, 2008
You can't close that section off to non-UMass personnel. The street is probably one of the most traveled in Lowell. I take the LRTA bus by there every day and the problem is the drivers. No one wants to stop for a person in a crosswalk at all. Perhaps to help alleviate the problem a set of lights should be put in place that only turns red when someone presses the button when they want to cross the street. Speed bumps probably won't stop anyone from just flying over them. I don't know this young lady but I hope she will be alright.
Mom of UML student

United States

#23 Feb 1, 2008
First and most importart, Prayers said for all involved, the young woman, the driver of the truck, their family's and all rescue staff. My question is, Can barrier posts be installed at the Bus Stops where someone is more likly to be standing?(I've seen this sort of thing in front of stores to protect patrons.)
lowering the bar

Quincy, MA

#24 Feb 1, 2008
The article in the 2/1/08 edition states that there is an underground tunnel connecting the buildings on either side of University ave. The aerial walkway would be a good idea if this wasn't in place already.

Ware, MA

#25 Feb 1, 2008

Athol, MA

#26 Feb 1, 2008
I personally know the driver of the truck and he fainted behind the wheel....he has fainted in the past but never behind the wheel of a car. he feels absolutely horrible about this whole situation. it truly was about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. my prayers are with rachel and her family and I really hope she pulls. its a tragedy on both ends

Athol, MA

#27 Feb 1, 2008
there was absolutely no alcohol or drugs involved...he was taken to the hospital immediately after the accident and tested for both
UML Student

Malden, MA

#28 Feb 1, 2008
Friend wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey dumbass.... the driver had a seizure and I am sure feels absolutly horrible! He really tried 'taking off' by hopping over a 3 foot wall and crashing into another one! Lesson for the college student... make sure you read the whole story before you judge!
Hey Friend. Make sure you know the author before trying to teach a lesson.
The Campus

United States

#29 Feb 1, 2008
The campus is OK where it is letter writter. They should have a catwalk over the highway but also block the road going thru the campus.
You can't drive thru Harvard so seal off this area too.

May your poor student recover from this tragic accident.
I hope they did a TOXIC TEST on this driver??????????
UML Alumni

United States

#30 Feb 1, 2008
I personally know if Rachel was reading all this nonsense she would be horrified. She is lying in critical condition because of an accident. The driver was not intoxicated or on drugs. He fainted and has a medical condition that for whatever reason occured as he was driving. Instead of arguing about typos and who's at fault, why dont we pray that she pulls through and is able to walk on that stage in June to receive her degree as I did. We love you Rachel and it could have happened to any one.
The Campus

United States

#31 Feb 1, 2008
Then THIS DRIVER and his doctor should be arrested. This DUMB A*** should NEVER got a licence to drive and hurt innocent people.
I HOPE they take his right to drive in this state away from him. He should be ashamed of himself for causing this.
friend wrote:
I personally know the driver of the truck and he fainted behind the wheel....he has fainted in the past but never behind the wheel of a car. he feels absolutely horrible about this whole situation. it truly was about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. my prayers are with rachel and her family and I really hope she pulls. its a tragedy on both ends
UML Alumni 2007

Scotch Plains, NJ

#32 Feb 1, 2008
I recently graduated from UML and I had the pleasure of hanging out with Rachael a few times my last year there. She is an absolutly sweet person and my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. As for a solution to this dangerous part of campus, I agree that a catwalk would be a great solution. However, this tragic event unfortunatly seems to have been unavoidable.
Sonya Reed

Boston, MA

#33 Feb 1, 2008
May God be with her Carnes
Jackie G

Lowell, MA

#34 Feb 1, 2008
Jeff is a great guy. he would never do anything to hurt anyone. im certain he had some kind of medical problem. i went to HS with jeff and he really is a great guy. it is awful what happens, and we as a dracut family have lost lots of young people in car accidents so our hearts go out to this beautiful young girl. lets pray that she makes a full recovery and keep in mind that jeff is going to have to suffer as well for the rest of his life knowing what he was a part of. this is in gods hands now. lets hope and pray for them both. us being hateful isnt going to fix anything. we instead need to work together and make sure this doesnt have a chance of happening again


#35 Feb 1, 2008
if someone is prone to seizures, then why are they driving???

Fall River, MA

#36 Feb 1, 2008
Put up guard rails in front of the bus terminal and force the students to use the tunnels. There are too many commuters that use that roadway to commute to route 3 to close it to traffic. Nothing to do with this accident but the students also need to be more responsible crossing there. Drivers do not always see you as you step out from behind a bus or other car.
Central Mass


#37 Feb 1, 2008
My prayers go out to Rachel. As an alumni, I agree that there should be some protection for those who have to wait for the bus, that whole stretch of road is horrible, especially when all the commuters try to leave around the same time. FYI Bedford UML student, you're not an engineering major now are you? I think lights would cost a bit more than "hundreds". Leave the real thinking to the graduated professionals.....
uml staff

Manchester, MA

#38 Feb 1, 2008
My regards to the family. I hope everything works out for you guys. I also would love to know how u people got the idea of the guy having a seizure.

Lowell, MA

#39 Feb 1, 2008
Loss of conscienceness?

Seems like he had a heavier foot than could even be possible for the loss of strength that was claimed to be the reason for the acceleration. Did his torso slump over the gas pedal? Physical improbability.

Lowell, MA

#40 Feb 1, 2008
Correction: Or ..is a seizure capable of causing an overexertion of force of muscular activity?
Please Pray for the healing of all.

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