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February 4, 2010

Seabrook trucker involved in Danvers accident

DANVERS,. — A Danvers teen struck by a cement truck driven by a Seabrook man on Route 62 this morning suffered a broken pelvis, according to Dan O'Connell, superintendent of North Shore Technical High School. Mike Philbrook, 17, is a junior in the masonry program at the Middleton school. A gash on his head required stitches but, other than that, he escaped without any serious head injuries, the superintendent said. O'Connell learned of his status by talking to Philbrook's father and stepmother on the phone. Philbrook also made it through the collision with no other broken bones. He is expected to have surgery tonight or tomorrow morning at Massachusetts General Hospital, O'Connell said. "He's in good spirits even though he is in intensive care," O'Connell said, relaying information offered by his parents. They said that Philbrook was walking in the crosswalk, he said. Philbrook was walking to a bus stop when he was hit at 7:20 a.m. this morning near the intersection of Route 62 and Burley Avenue. He was flown by helicopter to Mass General. The concrete truck is owned by Benevento Companies, headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., but which has facilities throughout the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, including Georgetown., Plaistow, N.H., and Gloucester. The driver of the truck was Ronald Olsen, 62, of 43 Adams Avenue, Seabrook, N.H., police Sgt. Robert Bettencourt confirmed. The incident is still under investigation, he said, and no charges have been filed against the driver. "At this time our thoughts and prayers are with this young man and his family," said Charles Benevento, president of Benevento Companies, the company whose concrete truck was involved. He declined further comment because of the ongoing investigation. Asked if solar glare was a factor, Sgt. Bettencourt said, "We suspect that that was part of it." The accident led police to shut down Route 62 in the middle of the morning commute, causing traffic to back up on other roads around the region. The road was shut for about 11/2 hours, Bettencourt said. Police detoured commuters around the scene onto various side streets. Traffic was heavy on other roads in the area, including Route 114. Another accident on Route 128 in Peabody created further delays for commuters this morning. State Police are assisting with the investigation and also assisted with diverting traffic around the scene, Bettencourt said.

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