Massachusetts State Police

Man Dies in Crash Involving DPW Vehicle, Pickup Truck in Chelmsford

The driver of the DPW front-end loader was also seriously injured

A man in a pickup truck died in a crash with a front-end loader being driven by a Chelmsford Department of Public Works employee Tuesday night, according to police.

According to a preliminary investigation, Michael Franklin, 22, of Westford, was killed when he drove a pickup truck into the intersection of Graniteville Road and School Street and struck the front-end loader around 9:26 p.m., Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.

Franklin was driving alone and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. He allegedly struck the bucket of the front-end loader, which was being used to clear trees knocked down by Tropical Storm Isaias.

The man operating the town-owned front-end loader was also seriously injured and taken to Lowell General Hospital. The DPW employee was helping to clear debris from the storm. His current condition is unknown at this time.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Chelmsford Police Department and Massachusetts State Police detectives.

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