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Student at Tufts University injured in car accident near campus


A car accident near the Tufts University campus recently put a pedestrian in the hospital as she was struck at the intersection of Powderhouse Boulevard and Packard Avenue. The victim was a Tufts student.

The accident investigation is still underway and police have indicated that the motorist who struck the pedestrian is cooperating with authorities. The injured student was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Other students and pedestrians have been hurt in recent years at the intersection. Two students last year were hospitalized after being hit. The city has attempted to make the area safer by implementing safety updates at the intersection, including painted crosswalks, new stop signs at the area and signs for the crosswalk. Flashing red lights and stop signs have been erected for traffic going one way, while flashing yellow lights alert traffic coming into the intersection from another angle.

Tufts issued an email to all students on campus to take additional steps to try to prevent other pedestrian accidents from occurring at the intersection. Public Safety and the city of Somerville have not yet stated what else they intend to do to reduce accidents at the intersection.

When a person is involved in an auto accident or pedestrian accident, he may suffer from a serious injury, such as a brain injury or other traumatic head injury. He may be able to recover compensation for the person that caused the accident. Damages may include medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can assess the case and determine if other parties, such as a municipality, may bear some liability as well.

Source: The Tufts Daily, “Tufts student hospitalized after being hit by car,” Nina Goldman, Nov. 14, 2012


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