As a snowy winter segues toward spring, glacier-like snow mounds lining the roadsides and interfering with intersection sightlines should start to recede and potentially treacherous icy patches on roads and sidewalks should soon melt into memory, improving travel conditions for all kinds of vehicles, including feet.
But until recently, things weren’t thawing fast enough for most residents around here as continued cold kept re-icing surfaces and persistent snow squalls made matters worse.
The good news is that spring has come and the snowcap is almost gone, along with reported motor-vehicle mishaps attributable to bad weather or poor road conditions.
What follows are reported motor-vehicle accidents that occurred in Shirley during the month of March.
Monday, March 2
7:52 a.m. — One of several single car accidents during the month occurred at the intersection of Groton and Mulpus roads when a Shirley woman lost control of her vehicle on the snowy, slushy roadway. According to the crash report, the car crossed lanes, hit a snow bank on the opposite side of the road and rolled over, landing in the eastbound lane. The drover was not injured. An ambulance was summoned but she refused it.
Saturday, March 14
12:37 a.m. — A relatively minor motor vehicle mishap occurred on Center Road at the intersection with Mosland Drive when a motor vehicle struck a deer. The vehicle’s air bags deployed due to the head-on impact, but there’s no indication in the accident report that the driver, a Shirley resident, was injured. Nor was the vehicle, apparently, since he drove it to the nearby home of a relative after the crash and called police from there. An ambulance was summoned but he refused transport. No word on what happened to the deer.
Thursday, March 19
2:22 p.m. — A two vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Townsend and Garrison roads when a tractor trailer unit owned by an Illinois company and operated by a Florida man overshot the turn and backed up, right into a car traveling behind it.
The driver of the 18-wheeler told police he didn’t see the other vehicle, operated by a man from Shirley. The vehicle struck by the truck sustained considerable front-end damage and was towed. Nobody was injured.
Friday, March 20
6:48 p.m. — A one-car rollover occurred on Peabody Road when a Shirley resident lost control of his vehicle on the icy road surface as he accelerated to make it up the hill. The vehicle spun out and flipped over, landing on the driver’s side door. The driver, who was not injured, climbed out the passenger side. The vehicle was towed.
Saturday, March 21
11:16 a.m. — Another single vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Catacunemaug Road and Brook Trail Drive when a pickup truck operated by a man who lived on Brook Trail and traveling south spun out on the snow-covered road, striking a mailbox and a fire hydrant. He was not injured. The Water Dept. responded to check out the fire hydrant.
Tuesday, March 24
4:40 p.m. — Two vehicles, both operated by female Shirley residents collided on Walker Road when one of them stopped to turn left into a driveway and was struck from behind by the other. The driver of the first vehicle acknowledged she was tailgating and that the accident was her fault. The impact caused the second vehicle to bounce into a snow bank, the crash report stated. It was towed. Both vehicles sustained significant damage but neither driver was injured.
Wednesday, March 25
5:10 p.m. — A single car crash occurred on Groton road when the driver, a woman from Shirley, failed to negotiate a curve and her vehicle veered off the road, striking a tree.
The driver complained of back injury and was transported by ambulance to Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. The vehicle was towed.
Friday, March 27
11:34 p.m. — When an Ayer man driving north on Center Road near an apartment building struck a deer, the animal was severely injured and was put down at the scene by a police officer. The collision damaged the vehicle’s front bumper and grill but the driver was not injured.
Tuesday, March 31
2:14 a.m. — A collision between a vehicle operated by a Shirley woman and a town cruiser operated by a Shirley police officer occurred at the intersection of Lancaster Road and Deer Ave. when the woman pulled out of the side street and struck the police car on its rear passenger side. The woman said she didn’t see the cruiser, which was traveling north on Lancaster Road at the time. She was cited for failure to yield at an intersection.
Wednesday, April 1
8:13 a.m. — A Shirley woman was injured in a one-car accident while driving on Center Road. According to the crash report, the woman told police she was distracted on two counts. A small animal ran in front of her vehicle, she said, and she swerved to avoid it, striking a utility pole, which split at the base from the impact. An additional distraction the woman reportedly noted was that she was coughing when the crash occurred. The vehicle was severely damaged and the air bag deployed. The driver was transported by ambulance to Nashoba Valley Medical Center.
Friday, April 3
5:29 a.m. — A one-car rollover crash occurred on Lancaster Road when a tree service worker from Westfield went off the road, over a curb and sidewalk and into the woods, striking a tree and rolling over. The car landed on its left side and the man was trapped inside. He was extricated by firefighters using the Jaws of Life tool and transported by ambulance to Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. The car was towed.