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CAVE IN Bassist Caleb Scofield Dies In Horrific Car Accident

Posted by on March 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Photo by Ben Stas, Boston.com

Cave In and Old Man Gloom bassist  Caleb Scofield died almost instantly after his pick up truck crashed at high speed into a toll barrier. This happened on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in in Bedford, MA on Wednesday, March 28th. He was only 38 years old.

New Hampshire Union Leader reports his vehicle burst into flames after crashing at high speed into the tool booth. The truck was so badly damaged that authorities couldn't immediately determine the identity or even the gender of the victim.

The truck hit so hard that it dislodged the large concrete barrier that protects the front of the toll booth. “They moved part of the concrete barrier right out of the toll plaza — I have never seen that happen,” state police Sgt. Bryan Trask said. The chunk of concrete, perhaps six feet in diameter, came to rest in the middle of the next lane.

Police said the truck was traveling north on the F.E. Everett Turnpike shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday when it attempted to move from the fourth lane into the third lane.
“It appears the subject was trying to change lanes right before they entered the toll plaza and didn’t make the lane quite clear and crashed into the barrier,” Trask said.
Police believe the vehicle hit the concrete barrier and rolled over as it continued through the toll lane. The metal structure above the booth, which helps support the plaza roof, was damaged as well.

Here is a photo of the aftermath of the accident.

A witness attempted to get into the vehicle to save Scofield but there were too many flames. There were no other casualties and police are looking for any further eyewitnesses or video of the accident.

Scofield played in Cave In, Old Man Gloom and Zozobra. A memorial fund has been set up to help his wife and two children. Any donations can be made here.

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