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BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - Two men have died in Massachusetts after the car they were driving in struck a tree. The Brockton Enterprise reports the crash happened around 1:25 a.m. Sunday in Brockton, a city near the Rhode Island state line. Officials say the car had been travelling north on Main Street when the driver lost control and the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. One man died in the car and another was ejected from the vehicle and was rushed to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital where he later died. State police say they're investigating.
BOSTON (AP) - Warmer temperatures and sun are greeting Southern New England after its first significant winter storm of 2020 brought a few inches of snow. The storm that arrived in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the late afternoon Saturday and lasted into the early morning hours Sunday brought about two to four inches of snow. Much of northern Massachusetts, however, got about six inches, and in some coastal areas, the snow turned to rain. But the snow caused accidents across the region. Temperatures, which were well below freezing in recent days, have risen above freezing and should reach the mid-40s by Sunday afternoon.
BOSTON (AP) - Manhole fires overnight Sunday have prompted utility officials to cut off power in the area of Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. Fire officials say they received multiple reports of fires at around 12:30 a.m. and found smoke in the basements of buildings. Power company Eversource says the smoke appears to have come from fires underground caused by an equipment failure. About 20 utility customers, most of them commercial businesses, are without power Sunday morning, and some streets are closed as officials work to fix the problem. No injuries have been reported and officials say there's no danger to the public.
BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is auctioning off seven vintage subway cars. To make room for hundreds of news cars coming in the years ahead and to comply with safety laws, the MBTA removes salvageable parts from inoperable trains, then puts the cars up for auction. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says the old cars are usually for scrap. The cars that date to the early 1970s and 1980s have sat idle for at least three years. Bidding for the lot of seven cars - Orange Line subway cars and Green Line trolley cars - starts at $500. The auction ends Jan. 28.
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