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Local man dies in vehicle crash, fire in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE | A local man died Friday night when his car crashed and burst into flames in Cambridge, Cambridge Police Chief George Bell said.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. While police believe they know who was driving, and have notified the man’s family, they are awaiting verification from dental records before releasing the driver’s name.

He was too badly burned to be identified any other way. Dental records were brought to Albany Medical Center Hospital on Saturday.

Bell said police got to the crash quickly, but there was nothing they could do to save the man.

“Nothing at all. The vehicle was totally involved in flames,” he said.

The driver was heading down North Park Street in Cambridge and failed to navigate the turn at the end of the road. The road turns sharply in front of Woodlands Cemetery.

“It stayed straight, went off the road, and it struck a tree head-on at a high rate of speed,” Bell said. “Then it burst into flames.”

He believes the impact was so strong that it ruptured the vehicle’s gas line.

An autopsy will be done, which may reveal what led to the crash, Bell said.

He said the road was clear and the weather fair at the time of the accident.

The man was not from Cambridge, but was from the area, Bell said.

You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on


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