Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 23, 2012

State Police report on fatal crash

According to State Police, a black pickup truck collided with a 2004 Saturn Ion on Route 125 shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

A 72-year-old woman was driving the Saturn, which pulled out of Wildwood Road and drove into the path of a 2010 Chevrolet pickup truck that was northbound on Route 125. The pickup truck struck the Saturn in the driver’s side door, pushing it off the roadway into a wooded area. An 82-year-old man, an occupant in the Saturn, was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A medical helicopter flew the woman driver to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where she was later pronounced dead.

John O’Donnell, 70, of Boxford, who was driving the pickup truck, was not injured.

The Saturn occupants were identified as James and Jo Ann Eckels of 9 Ballardvale Road, Andover.

Traffic on Route 125 was diverted for hours. At 7:45 p.m., Route 125 was re-opened to all traffic.

— Mark Vogler

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