Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 28, 2013

Consultants helping with many new hires


That often seems to be the case with consultants. Officials might consider whether they should spend taxpayers’ money on them less frequently.

APPLAUSE to some quick acting pizza shop customers for ensuring there was no collision between a train and a car in Andover last Thursday night.

That night, diners at Depot House of Pizza, at 53 Essex St., heard a car’s spinning tires and went outside to investigate. They saw that a car was stuck on the railroad tracks that cross Essex Street near the pizza shop. And a freight train was approaching, albeit slowly.

A retired state trooper, Sean Melvin, got the driver out of the car while other customers frantically signaled the engineer to stop the train. The train was able to stop about 20 to 30 feet from the car.

“It’s a good thing he was going so slow,” Jovany Santos, who works at Depot Pizza, told a reporter.

The driver, whom police did not identify, apparently intended to make a left turn from Essex Street into Dundee Park, a group of office buildings, and made the turn too quickly, according to police Sgt. Cecilia Blais. The car was stuck between a rail and snow bank and the driver was unable to get traction when trying to back out of the snow.

A tow truck later freed the car. The driver was not charged.

The quick action of the pizza shop customers made sure that there were no serious injuries or destruction of property.

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