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Special Needs Van Driver Charged With OUI In Newton Crash, 13 Hurt

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The van hit the truck at the corner of Highland Street and Lockwood Road.

The van hit the truck at the corner of Highland Street and Lockwood Road.

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NEWTON (CBS) – Thirteen people were hurt when a van carrying special needs adults rear-ended a garbage truck in West Newton Monday morning.

It happened around 9:15 a.m. at the corner of Highland Street and Lockwood Road.

Ten of the injured were taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Three others went to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Newton Police Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 none of the injuries were life-threatening.

One victim was trapped and had to be rescued with the Jaws of Life.

It’s not clear yet what caused the accident.

The driver, 51-year-old Addis Gabriel Woldeguiorguis of Dorchester, at first reportedly said he was blinded by the sun.

He was later was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

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