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Man, 69, killed in freak accident when metal from dump truck smashed through rental car windshield


Alaska grandfather, 69, is killed in freak accident while on vacation to see New England’s fall leaves after a metal from dump truck smashed through the windshield of his rental car

  • A man visiting New England on vacation died in a freak accident after a piece of metal fell from a dump truck and smashed through his rental car’s windshield
  • Thomas Arrington was travelling in a rented Ford Fusion north on I-95 near Danvers at 8:23 am Friday when a screed fell out of the truck and struck him
  • A screed is a tool used to level and smooth freshly poured concrete
  • The 69-year-old was driving the car and had his wife, 68, with him at the time of the fatal accident 
  • He and his wife, both of Palmer, Alaska, had just started their New England vacation after arriving in Massachusetts the previous day
  • The 21-year-old man who was driving the truck was working for a construction company reached out to state police  and is cooperating with their investigation


Thomas Arrington (pictured) was travelling in a rented Ford Fusion northbound with his wife on I-95 near Danvers at around 8:23 am Friday when the accident occurred

An Alaska grandfather visiting New England with his wife to see the changing fall leaves died in a freak accident after a piece of metal fell off of a dump truck and smashed through his rental car’s windshield. 

Thomas Arrington was travelling in a rented Ford Fusion northbound on I-95 near Danvers at around 8:23 am Friday when a screed, which is a tool used to level and smooth freshly poured concrete, fell out of the truck and struck him through the windshield, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The 69-year-old was driving the car and his wife, 68, was beside him in the passenger seat at the time of the fatal accident.

Despite being mortally wounded, Arrington managed to steer the vehicle to safety before stopping the car.

Pictured: the rented Ford Fusion's windshield after the piece of metal fell from a dump truck as the two vehicles traveled on the highway

Pictured: the rented Ford Fusion’s windshield after the piece of metal fell from a dump truck as the two vehicles traveled on the highway

Arrington was hit and killed with a screed, pictured, which is a tool used to level and smooth freshly poured concrete, fell out of the truck and struck him through the windshield

Arrington was hit and killed with a screed, pictured, which is a tool used to level and smooth freshly poured concrete, fell out of the truck and struck him through the windshield

He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.   

‘They wanted to go in the fall so they could see the leaves and they were going to tour some lighthouses,’ said Arrington’s daughter, Jennifer Hoadley, who told WCVB about her father – a high school teacher and beloved grandfather.      

‘He suffered horrific injuries and stayed alive just long enough to get the car to a safe spot to save my mom’s life. 

‘He spent his last breath making sure my mom was okay.’ 

'They wanted to go in the fall so they could see the leaves and they were going to tour some lighthouses,' said Arrington's daughter, Jennifer Hoadley (pictured)

‘They wanted to go in the fall so they could see the leaves and they were going to tour some lighthouses,’ said Arrington’s daughter, Jennifer Hoadley (pictured)

The 69-year-old was a high school teacher and beloved grandfather

The 69-year-old was a high school teacher and beloved grandfather

Arrington (L) and his wife (R), both of Palmer, Alaska, had just started their New England vacation after arriving in Massachusetts the previous day

Arrington (L) and his wife (R), both of Palmer, Alaska, had just started their New England vacation after arriving in Massachusetts the previous day

He and his wife, both of Palmer, Alaska, had just started their New England vacation after arriving in Massachusetts the previous day, the outlet reports. 

According to the New York Post, police were able to connect the screed that killed Arrington to a 2020 Ford F550 dump truck, which was being driven by a 21-year-old man who was working for a Massachusetts construction company.

That employee has since reached out to state police and is fully cooperating with their investigation, cops said. 

The investigation into Arrington’s death remains ongoing and will determine if the dump truck driver will face criminal charges or not. 

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