PALMER, Mass. (AP) – State police are investigating a chain-reaction accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Palmer that resulted in the death of a Connecticut man.

Police say 29-year-old Paul Oliver, of Enfield, suffered fatal injuries when he leaped over a railing, apparently to avoid being struck by a car that had skidded on the snow-covered highway Sunday night.

State police say Oliver had gotten out of his own car after it spun-out in the left westbound travel lane of the highway and came to rest in the opposite direction.

Investigators say the driver of the other car, Herb Albertson of Quincy, tried to avoid a collision but struck Oliver’s car.

Oliver landed on some rocks about 50-60 feet below the highway and was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no other serious injuries in the accident.

AP-ES-12-17-07 0802EST

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