Local Man Who Said Stoplight Wasn’t Necessary Runs Red Light and Hits Man Who Said It Was (Necessary)
Most of us remember the City Council meeting last year when Justin Mulgrew vehemently argued for the placement of a stoplight at the intersection of Buckby and Grand. Much of the opposition came from Ted Welch, who claimed that a light wasn’t necessary, and that it would just slow things down.
Mulgrew won the battle, and a stoplight was placed at that locale a month later. Yesterday saw the first accident at the intersection, when a car driven by Welch ran the light and struck a pickup truck driven by Mulgrew.
Neither Mulgrew, a journalism teacher at Chrislip High School, nor Welch, a creative writing instructor, were uninjured. Many of Mulgrew’s students were in a school bus one lane over, but none saw the accident, as they were engaged in last-minute studying for an exam on honing observational skills.
Welch admits that he ran the red light because he was preoccupied with that day’s lesson, in which he planned to explain to his class the concept of irony.