A grandfather was killed in a head-on collision with a cement truck Thursday afternoon in Bedford, Massachusetts, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office.
The crash, involving a Honda CRV and the cement truck, happened in the area of 79 North Rd. just before 1:30 p.m.
When police arrived to the scene, they learned the driver of the SUV had been traveling southbound when he crossed over the double yellow line and struck the truck head on.
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The collision caused the truck to lose its hydraulic power and sent it into a nearby utility pole with a transformer.
The 71-year-old driver of the SUV, a Methuen man, was taken to an area hospital where he later died. His name has not yet been released.
The man's grandsons, a 10-year-old in the front seat and an 11-year-old in the back seat, were also taken to the hospital with non–life-threatening injuries, according to police.
"I'm here to tell you all the seat belts saved those children's lives. That was what saved them," Bedford Police Officer Jeffrey French said. "Unfortunately the driver... the manner of the impact, the seatbelt couldn't save him."
The driver of the truck declined medical treatment.
North Road and several surrounding streets remained without power for much of the afternoon due to the crash. Eversource was on scene working to restore the power.
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police.