Fall River woman among 5 dead in wrong-way crash on I-495

MIDDLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts State Police have released the hometowns and ages of the five people killed overnight in a wrong-way crash on a Middleboro highway.

According to Massachusetts State Police, an Infiniti G37 driven by a 31-year-old Fall River woman was heading south in the northbound lanes of I-495 just after midnight when it struck a second car head-on in the area of Exit 3.

The driver of the first car and four people in the second vehicle – described by police as a 2003 Mercury Sable – were all killed. Police said the driver of the Mercury was a 20-year-old man from Paxton and Osterville. The passengers were a 19-year-old Hyannis man, a 19-year-old Harwich man and an 18-year-old man from West Babylon, NY – which is on Long Island.

The men in the second vehicle all attended college in Massachusetts.

“There is no indication that time allowed for evasive action by the northbound motor vehicle operator to avoid the vehicle traveling the wrong way,” Troop D Commanding Officer Anthony Thomas said Monday.

The second vehicle was engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived on scene.

Thomas said the victims were young adults but declined to identify them, saying the family notification process is ongoing. Police said they expect to release the names of the victims at some point Tuesday.

The cause of the crash – including what caused the driver of the first car to head into oncoming traffic – remains under investigation.