ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — One person is dead and two others injured after a serious late-night car crash in Attleboro.
Emergency crews were called to the scene on Route 1 near Mendon Road around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, where A Mitsubishi Eclipse had collided with a Toyota Highlander.
Attleboro Police told Eyewitness News Sunday morning that the car apparently rear-ended the SUV while it was stopped at the northbound red light at Mendon Road. The Eclipse caught fire, but passersby used fire extinguishers from a nearby Hess gas station to put out the flames.
“We came back to the first car [the Eclipse], and the driver didn’t look too good. Same thing with the passenger,” witness Kyle Hutchinson said. “They were going at a high rate of speed. Definitely.”
Attleboro police also said that the car is believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Pawtucket a short time before the crash. Pawtucket police are conducting that investigation.
The driver of the Eclipse, a 37 year-old man, was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. His passenger, a 40 year-old man was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Police said that the driver of the SUV, a 39 year-old woman, was also hospitalized but not believed to have been seriously hurt in the crash.
Members of the Attleboro Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police and the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the crash.