Massachusetts couple dies when tree falls on car


ABINGTON, MASS. >> The people who died when a rotted tree fell on their car in Massachusetts have been identified as a married couple from Whitman who owned a pair of Dunkin' Donuts franchises.

The Plymouth district attorney's office says 49-year-old Franklin Teixeira and 51-year-old Manuela Teixeira were driving down a residential street in Abington just after 10 a.m. Sunday when the tree fell on the roof of their car. Franklin Teixeira was driving at the time. Abington is about 20 miles south of Boston.

They were taken to South Shore Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Authorities say the rotted and hollow tree was uprooted and appears to have fallen as a result of high winds and snow.

Friends and family say they were married and operated Dunkin' Donuts shops in Rockland.


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