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April 24, 2013

Contractor suffers serious foot injury

NEWBURYPORT — A contractor working on Moseley Avenue yesterday morning was severely injured after police say a massive earthmover ran over his foot. The contractor, whom police did not identify, was rushed to a Portsmouth, N.H., hospital with a police escort.

Newburyport police Lt. Richard Siemasko said the earthmover, large enough to have tracks instead of wheels, was digging a deep trench on the right side of Moseley Avenue when the accident happened. Siemasko called the injury “significant.”

Moseley Avenue is one of a handful of west Newburyport roads that feeds into what will be the Chain Bridge roundabout next to Mosley Pines Park. Work on the roughly $1 million Spofford roundabout project began earlier this month and is expected to be completed next spring.

The roundabout is expected to improve what has long been a notoriously hectic intersection involving Merrimac Street, Moseley Avenue and Spofford Street.

Following procedure when an industrial accident takes place, local police cordoned off the area to preserve evidence and interview witnesses until a compliance officer from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived. In addition to an OSHA officer, a Massachusetts Department of Safety official was also at the scene conducting interviews.

Newburyport police Sgt. Howard Adams, Inspector Charles Eaton and three other officers also responded to the scene.

Moseley Avenue near the work site was closed to traffic following the accident. Calls to Department of Public Services director Anthony Funari for more details on the project were not returned, but there were at least two wide sewer or water pipes near the accident site.

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