Elderly Hit in Massachusetts Blizzard, Death Toll at Four

At least four deaths are under investigation after a massive blizzard hit Massachusetts earlier this week. An elderly man and woman were found dead outside their homes in separate Massachusetts communities, according to police.

Olive Dupuis, 84, was found dead Thursday morning next to her car, near her home in the coastal city of Salem, north of Boston, police lieutenant Matt Desmond said, adding weather was likely a factor with sub-freezing temperatures and snow. Foul play was not suspected.

Separately, in Yarmouth, a town on Cape Cod, police found 97-year-old Richard MacLean dead in deep snow next to a carbon dioxide exhaust vent on the side of the home on Wednesday, according to a statement on the police department’s Facebook page.

Other blizzard related fatalities include an 80-year old man in Connecticut who collapsed while shoveling snow. A teenager died late Monday night after he crashed into a lamp post while snow-tubing.

The snow reached levels of three feet in the heaviest hit New England areas.

On Thursday, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said in a statement that pickup trucks they use to plow residential streets “are just not big enough to remove the 2 to 4 foot snow drifts” and regretted road-clearing efforts in the town were dragging on.

“I can attest that in my 35 years on the department I have never seen a more difficult snow removal operation,” Frederickson said.


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