Two die in separate traffic accidents

Two people were killed in separate traffic accidents in Chatham and Andover Saturday evening.

On the Cape, police said a driver refused to stop for police in Harwich and fled into Chatham along Route 28, leading to a multi-vehicle crash near 1653 Main St. in Chatham around 6:20 p.m. Chatham police, who did not identify the person killed, said criminal charges will be filed against the driver.

A section of Route 28 was closed late Saturday night. No further details were immediately available.

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Separately, a 46-year-old Methuen man died after a single-vehicle accident on Route 125 South in Andover, State Police said.

The man, who was not identified pending family notification, was driving alone in a Chevrolet Astro van just before 6:30 p.m. when the van veered right, off the roadway and into a wooded area where it struck a large tree, Trooper Todd Nolan said.

Nolan said the man was trapped inside the vehicle for a time as Andover firefighters worked to free him. He was then transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Nolan said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by state troopers from the Andover barracks, Nolan said. In the aftermath of the accident, Route 125 was closed in both directions for more than 90 minutes, Nolan said.

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