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June 21, 2006

Woman dies in accident on Route 133

ROWLEY - A 58-year-old woman was killed in an accident yesterday afternoon on Route 133 when her car struck a red pickup truck hauling horseshoe equipment inside a large metal cargo holder.

Rowley police were not releasing the woman's name pending notification of her family. She was driving an orange Honda Element wagon with Massachusetts license plates.

The crash was the third fatal accident in Rowley since last July.

The accident took place at approximately 1:36 p.m. yesterday.

Speaking at the scene of the crash, Rowley Chief Kevin Barry said no information was available on how the accident occurred or whether the victim had been wearing a seat belt. Barry said a state police accident reconstruction team would continue investigating the accident late yesterday.

Both vehicles appeared to have stayed in their lanes, according to the chief. The point of the impact was unclear but appeared to be the left side of the Honda from front to back and the left side of the truck, the chief said. The Honda was left pointing toward the center of road, its tires deflated and its cracked windshield draped over the hood. Rowley firefighters cut open the car to free the driver, leaving its roof peeled back and pointing upward.

The truck's cargo holder fell off the bed and onto the road, and debris covered the ground between the two vehicles.

The victim was taken to the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

About a dozen police and firefighters spent more than two hours at the site of the crash, about midway between Route 1 and Route 1A on Haverhill Street, a winding two-lane wooded road. State and Ipswich police assisted with traffic control.

The truck was carrying a propane tank that became lodged under the cargo holder, requiring responders to clear the damaged vehicle and debris carefully. The propane tank leaked immediately after the crash, and firefighters used water on the scene, according to the police chief.

The stretch of Route 133 was closed down for about two hours. Some drivers on Route 1 skirted a roadblock there through the Market Basket parking lot, and a long line of traffic waited as responders investigated and cleared the site. At one point, a woman ran past the stopped cars toward the man who had apparently driven the truck, calling his name before joining him. The man, who stayed at the scene as responders worked, declined to speak to a reporter.

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