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Boston Art Teacher Killed by Airborne Manhole Cover

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A Boston woman was killed on Friday in a bizarre accident involving a manhole cover while driving along the highway.

Details about the Bizarre Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that a Boston woman died Friday morning when her vehicle was struck by a manhole cover when she was driving on the highway.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, the manhole cover crashed through the windshield on a major Boston highway during the morning commute, killing the driver of the vehicle. A spokesman from the State Police says that the manhole cover in the left lane of Interstate 93 somehow became dislodged and became airborne when it went through the windshield.

After the manhole when through the windshield of the woman’s car, the car continued forward before hitting a wall on the shoulder of the highway where it came to a stop.

The woman has been identified as Caitlyn Clavette, who was on her way to work on Friday at an elementary school in Milton, where she worked as an art teacher.

After the accident Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker called for crews to examine some 500 manhole covers, grates, and utility panels in the area to determine if there were any others that were loose as a precaution.

The manhole that killed the woman is also being examined to see if there is anything to indicate why the manhole became dislodged and went airborne.

Important Information about Car Accidents in Massachusetts

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety:

  • In 2012, there were a total of 349 traffic fatalities out of a grand total of 108,379 reported crashes in the state.
  • 161 of the traffic accident victims were driving at the time of the accident.
  • The number of traffic-related fatalities in Massachusetts decreased by about 30 fatalities from the previous year.


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