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15-Passenger Van Accident on Massachusetts’s Tobin Bridge Leaves 13 People Injured

Massachusetts State Police say that all 13 people riding a 15-passenger van were injured on Thursday when the vehicle crashed into a tollbooth barrier after driving onto a median. The accident victims were transported to Tufts Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Medical Center following the collision.

The accident occurred at around 6:30 at night as the van was going to Boston from Home Made Brand Foods, the Newburyport company that employs the van’s passengers. During the crash, both front-seat airbags were deployed in the Ford E-350 Super Duty XLT.

Chelsea Deputy Fire Chief Robert Better says that the lack of skid marks indicates that there may have been a problem with the van’s breaks. Massachusetts State Police and a reconstruction team have yet to conclude their investigation into the cause of the crash.

The tollbooth employees (employed by the Massachusetts Port Authority) that were in the booth when the motor vehicle collision happened did not get hurt but were upset by the accident.

Motor Vehicle Crashes
There are may reasons why a Massachusetts motor vehicle crash can happen, including:

• Auto defect • Driver negligence • Defective traffic lights • Improper signage or insufficient safety precautions on a road • Debris on the road

Crash on the Tobin Bridge injures 13 who were in van, Boston.com, August 29, 2008
Van crashes into toll plaza on Tobin Bridge, WHDH, August 29, 2008
Related Web Resources:

15-Passenger Van Safety Hazards, Public Citizen
Tobin Bridge, Massport.com
While Massachusetts and local police will likely conduct their own investigation into what caused the crash-especially when there are people involved in the crash that were seriously injured-it is important that you explore your legal options. A good Boston personal injury lawyer can conduct an investigation on your behalf to determine liability. Contact Altman & Altman LLP today.