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Icy Roads May be to Blame for Lt. Governor's Car Accident

An independent study of Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray's recent rollover accident has suggested that icy conditions may have led to the accident - just as Murray had originally claimed. If shown to be true, this accident further illustrates the dangers of Massachusetts car accidents attributed to ice on the road.

Globe Findings

The independent study stems from the accident that occurred on Interstate 190 when Murray hit a rock ledge and rolled his car twice after reaching speeds upwards of 90 miles per hour. This analysis, which was done at the behest of the Boston Globe, calls into question the State Police's conclusion that attributed the early morning accident to Murray falling asleep.

The researcher, Jeffrey Muttart - who also teaches crash investigations at Northwestern University - reviewed accident data from the car's "black-box," and concluded that Murray's initial claim that he lost control due to ice may be closer to what actually happened.

Muttart stated that it appeared Murray adjusted his steering wheel twice during the accident, indicating he was trying to steer the vehicle as it went out of control. Moreover, the speed of the spinning wheels actually increased dramatically even though the accelerator was not being pressed - further indicating Murray had hit a patch of ice.

Although icy conditions may have been a contributing factor to the accident it still does not justify driving over 90 miles per hour - if the information from the black box is accurate - but, it does illustrate the need to be extra cautious on Massachusetts' winter roads.

Icy Roads in Massachusetts

As every person living in Massachusetts knows, the roads can get quite slick during the long winter season. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has offered a few helpful tips for driving here in winter:

  • Make sure to leave plenty of room for stopping - taking into account icy conditions
  • Pay attention and do not try to "out drive" the conditions
  • Do not use cruise control while driving in wintery conditions because even roads that appear clear can have icy spots and even slightly touching your brakes to deactivate the cruise control can cause your car to spin out of control
  • Look farther down the road than normal so you can react a split second sooner if needed
  • Do not get overconfident in 4x4 vehicles - you may be able to drive faster, but you will still have difficulty stopping in icy conditions
  • Most importantly, make sure to wear your seat belt

Always be prepared when traversing Massachusetts' roads in winter - not only will these minor precautions help avoid damage to your car, but also injury to your person.

Source: Ice may have caused Murray crash

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