BOSTON (CBS) – Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray was in a car accident early Wednesday morning in Sterling.

He was not seriously hurt, but his vehicle – a state-issued Ford – was totaled. State Police say the car has a value of about $9,000.

Read: Police Report (.pdf)

At the State House later in the morning, Murray told reporters he was driving alone up Interstate 190 to look at storm damage and was headed back south when he hit a patch of ice on the road around 5:30 a.m.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Anderson reports

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray's car after the crash (Photo by: Karen Anderson)

His car rolled over.

Murray said he was wearing a seat belt, wasn’t speeding and was not under the influence of anything.

“For everyone’s protection and to ensure that nobody could question, I asked them for a field breath test and they had to call another state police trooper who had that to come and I blew that with a 0.00, so there was no alcohol involved,” he said.

State Police spokesman David Procopio released a statement saying in part:

“There is no evidence to suggest the operator was speeding. There was no evidence of any causation factor other than the road condition. All the evidence indicates the cause of the crash was ice on the roadway.”

Murray lives in Worcester, which is 12 miles from the accident scene.

So why was he out so early?

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

He said it’s “not uncommon for me to wake up early, go grab a coffee, (and) pick up a (Boston) Herald, which doesn’t deliver to Worcester.”

Murray said he had planned to pick up coffee on the way home from his storm damage tour.

Because of the accident, Murray missed a morning event at Northeastern University.

He was back at the State House for the Governor’s Council meeting.

Comments (23)
  1. Lilac20 says:

    How can you print something like “It’s not clear why Murray was out so early” and not mention what time the accident took place? Journalism 101.

    1. Lilac20 says:

      I don’t think that line was there originally. Or I’m totally losing it! Thanks.

    2. gramps says:

      If he lives in Worcester & has an appointment in Boston on Huntington ave @ 8:30am why was he in Sterling @ 5:30 am?…..Just asking?

      Look @ the three mentioned locations & take a peak @ Google Maps…..

      I think there’s a lot more to this story than ‘black ice’….

      Did he have a driver?


      As ‘Judge Judy’ would say….”This makes ‘NO’ sense”

      1. JennyK says:

        Also – if he was out to look at storm damage, it’s still dark at 5:30. What could he have seen that early? There is more to this story….

    3. gramps says:

      It’s still dark out, what’s he going to survey @ 05:30am, ….Just asking?


  2. readcarefully says:

    “The crash happened at 5:30am”

  3. Jason says:

    If you believe this story ….. I have GENUINE Atlantis Island treasure for sale…CHEAP!!!

  4. buildmeister says:

    I believe that he wasn’t drinking. That stretch of road is notoriously icy. However, the 5:30am looking at storm damage really doesn’t add up. I bet Mrs. Murray might have a few questions for him though.

  5. Nosgood4me says:

    Yeah right… a Ford ? a Ford would not look like this , unless the person was tobogganing down the Grand canyon in it. Try another story.

  6. Adrian says:

    Sounds like the LG has a lady friend in Sterling….

    1. Dave (in MA) says:

      Are there any notorious rest areas on 190?

  7. Mike says:

    Look at that wreck! He should have had a Kennedy drive him home!

  8. Jim says:

    I infer that a lot of banging went on…and then the car was damaged…

  9. Sad Fact says:

    Luckily for Tim Murray, there is no “Qxycontin breathalyzer”.

  10. JohnC says:

    If Mr. Murray can drive himself at 5:30 AM, Why do we have to pay someone to drive him to work?

  11. sloopjohnB2 says:

    Mr. Murray’s story just doesn’t add up. Somewhere I have to think that another WOMANB was involved. Too dark at 5 AM to see any storm damage. If this were Scott Brown, the media would be hounding him. The moonbats will let him him skate.

  12. john says:

    I think we have another Tiger Woods type story brewing here…Nothing good happens 12 miles from your home at 5:30AM. No coffee, no paper, no sunlight to see the “storm damage”……..

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