• Ayer March 27, 2023 12:36 pm

    Two Firefighters Injured Battling Ayer Blaze

    Two firefighters were injured battling a fire in Ayer, Massachusetts, on Monday morning. Ayer fire officials said the fire started shortly after 8:30 a.m. at a home on Wright Road. As they were approaching the scene, firefighters could see a large column of smoke from a distance, and the first police officer to arrive at the scene confirmed that the…

  • Ayer March 24, 2023 6:48 am

    Crews Are Cleaning Up a Derailed Train in Ayer

    Officials say the derailment didn’t cause any injuries or impact to the environment.

  • Ayer March 24, 2023 5:54 pm

    Delays on MBTA's Fitchburg Line Over Freight Train That Derailed Thu.

    Most of the freight train that derailed Thursday in Ayer, Massachusetts, have been removed from the site as of Friday morning, in work that impacted commuters. Five train cars carrying 10 shipping containers of trash and recycling materials toppled over on Thursday — it’s not yet clear what prompted the derailment, which officials have said took place while the train…

  • trains March 23, 2023 11:59 pm

    Freight Train Carrying Trash and Recycling Derails in Ayer: PHOTOS

    A freight train carrying trash and recycling materials derailed in Ayer, Massachusetts, on Thursday, prompting local firefighters to urge the public to avoid the area. The derailment took place around noon near Sculley Road, the Ayer Fire Department said. They added in a Facebook post that, “The railroad cars involved do NOT contain hazardous materials.” Footage from the scene showed…

  • car crash November 16, 2022 12:16 pm

    19-Year-Old Driver Charged in Oct. Crash That Killed Girl, 16, in Leominster

    A 19-year-old has been charged in the death of a 16-year-old girl last month in Leominster, Massachusetts, prosecutors say. Christopher Filz, of Shirley, was driving a 2001 Ford Mustang that rolled over in an embankment Interstate 190 on the evening of Oct. 6, leaving Krystal Mello, of Ayer, dead and two other teens injured, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office…

  • New England June 1, 2022 2:21 pm

    2 New England Doughnut Shops Make Yelp's Top 100

    For those with a sweet tooth, doughnuts are often hard to resist, and with National Doughnut Day coming up, here are some of the top-rated spots in New England to get one. In its list of the Top 100 US Doughnut Shops of 2022, Yelp ranked New England twice, and residents of Connecticut and Massachusetts are in luck. At No….

  • Massachusetts April 6, 2022 7:23 pm

    Pedestrian Struck By MBTA Commuter Rail Train in Ayer

    A man was critically injured Wednesday afternoon when he was struck by an MBTA commuter rail train in Ayer, Massachusetts, police said. According to Transit police, the man was trespassing in the right of way when he was struck by an outbound Fitchburg Line train around 3:40 p.m. He sustained life-threatening injures and was taken by medical helicopter to a…

  • Ayer April 6, 2022 6:11 pm

    Police Activity Causes Delays on Fitchburg Commuter Line

    Ayer police are on scene for an incident involving a pedestrian and a train.

  • Ayer December 11, 2021 11:15 pm

    Massachusetts Playground Closed Due to Arsenic Contamination

    A popular playground in Ayer, Massachusetts, has been closed to the public due to arsenic contamination. The town of Ayer notified the state environmental protection department this week that the Kiddie Junction Playground at Pirone Park is contaminated. The town is working to remediate the site and replace the playground structure. The playground was constructed in 1989 using standard techniques…

  • Ayer December 9, 2021 12:08 pm

    Woman Seriously Injured After Car Drives Into Water in Ayer

    An elderly woman was seriously injured after driving her car into a retention pond in Ayer, Massachusetts, on Thursday morning, officials said. The Ayer Fire Department confirmed that a car went into the water off the Ayer Rotary around 6:50 a.m., falling into the frozen water 20 feet below. The driver, an elderly female, was taken to an area hospital…

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