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Five Motorists Killed in Wrong-Way Collision

severely damaged car

According to CBS Boston, a wrong-way driver caused a fiery, fatal crash that claimed five lives on Interstate 495 in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

No Time to React to Wrong-Way Driver

At around 12:11 a.m. local time, police received reports of a wrong-way driver on the interstate. The person drove south in the northbound lanes near exit 3.

Moments later, the driver crashed into another vehicle with four occupants. The northbound vehicle burst into flames on impact, reports CBS Boston.

The four occupants in the car and the lone wrong-way driver died in the collision.

Police say the car carrying four people did not have sufficient time to react to the wrong-way driver. Firefighters that arrived first on the scene encountered a giant ball of fire where the car burned, according to the Boston Globe.

The identities of the deceased have not been released. According to the Boston Globe, the wrong-way driver appeared to be a woman in her 30s.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 35,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • 105,000 more people were injured in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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