State police respond to two-car crash on I-495 in Lowell

Full story: Lowell Sun

State police were at the scene of a two-car accident on Interstate 495 south near the Woburn Street exit around 7:30 a.m. Paramedics were initially called to the scene of the accident, but state police said there were no injuries and no lane closures because of the crash.
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MULFREAK

Lake Forest, CA

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Oct 13, 2009
 
You have ten feet to go from a dead stop to 65+ mph on the ramp leading to 495 south from Woburn St. The signs say yield. Well if one has a Ferrari they stand a chance of getting on the highway in one piece. As I don't have a Ferrari I have to stop and gauge in my mirror the approximate speed of the cars that appear out of nowhere at 65+ mph and therin lies the problem. They should slow down the traffic to 45 mph from Rt. 38 to the end of the construction. It is a construction zone the last time I looked. Why is the speed limit still 65 through there?
Yanici

Fitchburg, MA

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Oct 13, 2009
 
Very dangerous on ramp. I've used it a couple of times since the construction began but no more. There will be more accidents there in the future unless it's redesigned. It's almost criminal to ok that on-ramp as it is now.
495 Traffic

Chelmsford, MA

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Oct 13, 2009
 
What are they doing on 495?

There is bound to be more and more accidents there. The first day the lanes shifted there were no warnings, you got on 495 and you were already in the first lane.

I agree the limit should be reduced in that area.
Susan

Secaucus, NJ

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Oct 13, 2009
 
I totally agree! I gave up after a couple of weeks and go a different way to work. It wasn't worth feeling like I was risking my life every morning and I knew it would only be a matter of time before there were accidents there.
Hal

Boston, MA

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Oct 13, 2009
 
They are repairing (not replacing mind you, repairing!) three (3) bridges...it has been in thep lanning stages for FOUR years and it will take THREE years!!!

Only in Massachusetts! NH would have those bridges replaced in a year, at half the cost and half the traffic impact.

Be ready to put up with that crap lane shift until 2012!!!!!
Jim

Dracut, MA

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Oct 13, 2009
 
I live near there.... I heard screeching tires and a loud CRUNCH Sunday around 11 AM. It's not the first nor the last time someone will wreck there. I've told my wife not to even try it.
mulfreak

Dracut, MA

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Oct 13, 2009
 
The day before the lane shift they put the barrels in the breakdown lane. I used to hit the top of that ramp at 50+ and if you had to stay right you could. Hell you could stay right to the connector if need be. Again stupid like it's a game and lets see what happens. I would like to know where these engineers got their degree. There is a website http://495bridgebundle.mhd.state.ma.us/index.... that one can let the morons that designed this what the people that actually use it think.
Educated

Newton Upper Falls, MA

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Oct 14, 2009
 
chris wrote:
I work in lowell for a private ambulance co.(Trinity). I really hope they don't do anything to that highway. We make so much money on that stretch of highway. We get paid extra if we go to two or more accidents in one shift. Keep crashing people, I'm on my way to a new Escalade!!!
Wow thats kind of immoral... but it made me laugh nonetheless...i hope it was a sarcastic joke though.
commuter

Lowell, MA

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Oct 14, 2009
 
MULFREAK wrote:
You have ten feet to go from a dead stop to 65+ mph on the ramp leading to 495 south from Woburn St. The signs say yield. Well if one has a Ferrari they stand a chance of getting on the highway in one piece. As I don't have a Ferrari I have to stop and gauge in my mirror the approximate speed of the cars that appear out of nowhere at 65+ mph and therin lies the problem. They should slow down the traffic to 45 mph from Rt. 38 to the end of the construction. It is a construction zone the last time I looked. Why is the speed limit still 65 through there?
I agree, it's scary trying to get on there. Add the fact that most people around here would rather speed up and beep/swerve at people instead of allow traffic to merge in, and it's like taking life into your own hands.
Ron

Lowell, MA

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Oct 15, 2009
 
I hate speeders. There is NOTHING wrong with the roads it is the idiot speeders. What we need are tougher speeding laws such as two years jail time and ten year loss of license for second offense speeders. In the meantime we can only hope the worst speeders kill themselves in single car accidents.

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