WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Three people who perished in a multi-car crash on I-195 were identified by Massachusetts State Police on Thursday.
According to police, Karonlyne Camile Lima was in a BMW 328i traveling eastbound near the Westport-Dartmouth town line Wednesday morning when it was struck head-on by a livery van.
Lima, 23, of New Bedford, was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Police said the livery van left the westbound side of the highway, crossed the grass median and entered the eastbound lanes. The driver, 68-year-old John Oliveria of Dartmouth, was transported after the crash to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The front-seat passenger of the livery van, 55-year-old Josephine Mazzocca of New Bedford, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s still unclear what caused Oliveria to lose control of his vehicle. Police are investigating whether he suffered a medical incident behind the wheel.
The livery van was owned by Regal Transit of New Bedford, according to police. The rear-seat passenger, a 56-year-old man from New Bedford, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital following the crash.
A 25-year-old Fall River man, who was driving the BMW that was struck, was also sent to Rhode Island Hospital while a 3-year-old boy who was seated in the back was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Three other vehicles were also involved in the crash, police said. After the initial collision, the BMW was struck by an eastbound Subaru Outback, which then caught fire. The operator, a 27-year-old man from Waterbury, Vermont, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
After the livery van careened off the BMW, it crashed into an Audi A4 traveling eastbound. The driver, a 34-year-old Fall River man, was not injured.
A fifth vehicle avoided colliding with the other vehicles but struck a sign post in the grassy median, according to police. The driver, a 73-year-old Barrington man, was not injured.