Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 10212017 – State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Westminster
Last evening, at approximately 9:05 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Athol responded to reports of a crash on Route 2 eastbound, west of exit 26 in Westminster. Upon arrival, Trooper Michael Lucas discovered that a 2005 Nissan Altima, driven by Michelle A. Upshaw, 31, of Concord, had attempted to change from the left lane, to the right lane, when she struck a 2015 Honda Accord, driven by a 65-year-old woman of Fitchburg. Ms. Upshaw then veered back to the left lane, then sharply back to the right lane, striking the guardrail along the breakdown lane, causing the Nissan to rollover and slide across the roadway, then striking the guardrail along the median side, coming to rest.
Ms. Upshaw was determined to be deceased at the scene, due to injuries sustained from the crash. The other driver was not injured.
During the incident, all traffic was initially stopped, then, one lane of traffic was opened at approximately 9:12 p.m. When the scene was cleared, after reconstruction, all lanes were open at approximately 12:43 a.m. this morning.
The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Athol Barracks. Troop C Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), Westminster Fire Department, Office of the State Medical Examiner, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) all assisted on scene.
No further information is currently available. Please do not contact the barracks directly.