Linda Bradenburg, the 68-year-old Groton woman who died in a three-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon, was a retired Boston Public Schools teacher who shaped the lives of many elementary school students in Roxbury and Dorchester, the Lowell Sun reported.
Linda Bradenburg’s husband of 45 years, Jack Bradenburg, was a passenger in the car with her Saturday afternoon but walked away from the scene with just bruises and soreness, according to the Sun. Police are continuing to investigate the crash, which occurred around 1:30 p.m. on I-190 south in Leominster. The two other drivers involved in the crash were not seriously injured.
Jack Bradenburg told the Boston Herald that a truck hit their car while they were merging onto the highway, tearing the driver’s side door off and dragging their car along a guard rail until it hit a bridge. When he looked over to see if his wife was ok, he said he saw she wasn’t in the car, and instead had been thrown from the vehicle into the road.
For 40 years, Linda Bradenburg taught mostly fourth and fifth grade students. Many came from difficult homes and underprivileged communities, but she fought to help them achieve their potential, leading many to attend Boston Latin School and prestigious universities, the Sun reported.
Following a Facebook post announcing her death made by the couple’s son, Lee Brandenburg, many former students commented with memories of their late teacher, and some said her work as an educator had changed their lives.
“She taught those kids, she made a difference in their lives, she took our misfit son and straightened him out, and she carried me for my whole life,’’ Jack Brandenburg told the Sun. “I was just lucky to be there.’’