At 3:10 AM today Troopers from the State Police-Dartmouth Barracks responded to a wrong-way operator crash on route 24 southbound in Fall River involving a sedan and a tractor-trailer, and which resulted in serious injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates a 2017 Mazda 3 operated by a 36-year-old Rhode Island woman was driving north in the southbound lane when it struck a 2015 Volvo tractor operated by a 40-year-old New Bedford man. The tractor was pulling a trailer owned by a seafood company.
The operator of the Mazda was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by Fall River EMS with serious, life-threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer unit was also transported to Rhode Island Hospital with possible minor injuries. The facts and circumstances of the crash, including the cause of the wrong-way operation, remain under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The scene was cleared shortly before 6 a.m.
At 7:36 AM today, Troopers from the State Police-Millbury Barracks responded to a crash on Route 495 southbound in Marlborough involving four vehicles. Preliminary investigation indicates that a sport utility vehicle that was travelling northbound crossed over the center median and struck two vehicles that were traveling southbound. Two motorists were transported for minor injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by a 34—year-old Bellingham man crossed the median when the driver lost control of the vehicle because he was choking on a piece of food. He was examined for precautionary reasons. One of the southbound vehicles that was struck was a 2019 Ford Edge operated by a 66-year-old Tyngsboro man, who was taken to Marlborough Hospital with minor injuries. The other southbound vehicles damaged were a 2019 Hyundai Tuscon operated by a Connecticut resident and a 2018 Mazda CX-5 sport utility vehicle operated by a 23-year-old Leominster woman. The crash remains under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police. (MSP tweeted photos from this crash earlier this morning).