Police Say Conditions Were Icy At Lt. Gov. Car Crash Site

By Sarah Birnbaum

Nov. 2, 2011

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Lt. Gov. Tim Murray in 2006. (BeIsKr/Wikimedia)

BOSTON — The preliminary Mass. State Police report on Lt. Gov. Tim Murray's Wednesday-morning crash backed up Murray's claim that ice caused him to lose control of the car

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray totaled his state-issued Crown Victoria at around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 190 In Sterling. “I’m OK. There was damage to the vehicle. People need to be careful, myself included,” he said at a press conference that morning.

According to the police report, the investigating officer nearly fell when he got out of his cruiser "due to icy road conditions in the area of the crash." That officer also witnessed a near-crash due to the conditions.

Murray told reporters he was out getting a paper and surveying storm damage when the accident happened. 

When reporters asked him why he was looking at storm damage in the dark, Murray said he’s always been an early riser: “I was driving up in the area seeing what was going on up in Route 190, and going back. As I drive around routinely, I think people around the city, people around Central Mass., get constituent work from me at different times.”

Murray said he requested an alcohol sobriety test at the scene and passed. This was not addressed in the preliminary report. A state spokeswoman said in an email that the full report would be available Thursday.

Murray Car Crash Preliminary Police Report, 11/2/11

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