Officials pledge to make road safer after crash

OXFORD, Mass. (AP) — A horrific crash that killed a mother and her baby is spurring renewed efforts to make safer a dangerous stretch of Route 20 in Oxford and Charlton.

Officials have proposed several short-term safety improvements and also say they’ll seek to speed up a renovation project.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that state, local and federal officials met days after last week’s head-on crash between a car and a cement truck that claimed the lives of 31-year-old Christina Russin and her 9-month-old son, Noah Roberts. Russin’s 2-year-old son was seriously injured.

Town officials who attended the meeting said state highway administrators outlined several immediate and intermediate steps to improve safety.

Officials also agreed that a reconstruction of the roadway that was on the drawing board for 2025 must be put on a much faster track.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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