North Adams man killed in turnpike worksite accident 'was beloved by all'

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By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
The Berkshire Eagle 

BECKET — A 26-year-old North Adams foreman who was killed Thursday while working on a Massachusetts Department of Transportation project on the Massachusetts Turnpike dreamed of one day leading the company where he worked, his mother said.
Brian M. Simard was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. 
"It's hard to imagine that you can send your son to work and then have someone in your driveway when you get home telling you he's never coming home again," his mother, Susan Simard, said Friday, while waiting for a call from investigators.
Simard died about 1:45 p.m. at the 17.2 mile marker of the highway, according to the statement. 
Simard had worked at Pittsfield-based J.H. Maxymillian since 2015 and was a member of the Laborers' International Union of North America Local 473, according to company president Neal Maxymillian.
"I am terribly saddened to share that Brian Simard was fatally injured yesterday afternoon while working on a [Mass]DOT project on the Massachusetts Turnpike. We offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to Brian's loved ones and family," Maxymillian wrote in a statement. "Brian brought remarkable passion, experience and enthusiasm to his job every day, and was a truly valued employee." 
Susan Simard said that her son was enthusiastic about his work, and always wore a smile.
The Drury High School graduate played on the soccer and track teams. While he hadn't worked at Maxymillian for long, he already had been promoted to foreman and wanted to one day become president, she said. 
Simard, who loved to watercraft and mountain bike, lived at their family home and leaves behind his parents, younger sister, Breanna, and girlfriend, Kelsey Gardner.
Simard's father, Michael, worked at Maxymillian for many years. Brian Simard had worked on the Christmas Brook culvert, the new Taconic High School and the Narragansett Avenue bridge replacement in Lanesborough, according to Maxymillian.

"While the State Police and other agencies continue their careful and thorough investigation, the entire Maxymillian team mourns this tragic loss," Maxymillian said.

Few details have been released about the accident, which prompted the closure of westbound lanes of the highway for several hours.

"He was beloved by all," Susan Simard said.
State police didn't immediately return a message for comment on the active investigation. 
A MassDOT spokeswoman confirmed the accident but referred all additional questions to state police.
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.

 

BECKET — A 26-year-old North Adams foreman who was killed Thursday while working on a Massachusetts Department of Transportation project on the Massachusetts Turnpike dreamed of one day leading the company where he worked, his mother said.
Brian M. Simard was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. 
"It's hard to imagine that you can send your son to work and then have someone in your driveway when you get home telling you he's never coming home again," his mother, Susan Simard, said Friday, while waiting for a call from investigators.
Simard died about 1:45 p.m. at the 17.2 mile marker of the highway, according to the statement. 
Simard had worked at Pittsfield-based J.H. Maxymillian since 2015 and was a member of the Laborers' International Union of North America Local 473, according to company president Neal Maxymillian.
"I am terribly saddened to share that Brian Simard was fatally injured yesterday afternoon while working on a [Mass]DOT project on the Massachusetts Turnpike. We offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to Brian's loved ones and family," Maxymillian wrote in a statement. "Brian brought remarkable passion, experience and enthusiasm to his job every day, and was a truly valued employee." 
Susan Simard said that her son was enthusiastic about his work, and always wore a smile.
The Drury High School graduate played on the soccer and track teams. While he hadn't worked at Maxymillian for long, he already had been promoted to foreman and wanted to one day become president, she said. 
Simard, who loved to watercraft and mountain bike, lived at their family home and leaves behind his parents, younger sister, Breanna, and girlfriend, Kelsey Gardner.
Simard's father, Michael, worked at Maxymillian for many years. Brian Simard had worked on the Christmas Brook culvert, the new Taconic High School and the Narragansett Avenue bridge replacement in Lanesborough, according to Maxymillian.

"While the State Police and other agencies continue their careful and thorough investigation, the entire Maxymillian team mourns this tragic loss," Maxymillian said.

Few details have been released about the accident, which prompted the closure of westbound lanes of the highway for several hours.

"He was beloved by all," Susan Simard said.
State police didn't immediately return a message for comment on the active investigation. 
A MassDOT spokeswoman confirmed the accident but referred all additional questions to state police.
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.

"While the State Police and other agencies continue their careful and thorough investigation, the entire Maxymillian team mourns this tragic loss," Maxymillian said.

Few details have been released about the accident, which prompted the closure of westbound lanes of the highway for several hours.

"He was beloved by all," Susan Simard said.
State police didn't immediately return a message for comment on the active investigation. 
A MassDOT spokeswoman confirmed the accident but referred all additional questions to state police.
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.
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