A deadly crash occurred on a recent Sunday morning just before 4 a.m. on Route 24. The Massachusetts State Police, along with its Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS), are working to piece together exactly what happened in this tragic incident. Two people were killed in the car accident, and at least three others appear to have been injured in the four-vehicle collision. The accident took place in Plymouth County near Cape Cod.
Preliminary reports say that a 19-year-old woman was traveling in the wrong direction, headed south in the northbound lanes of Route 24 in West Bridgewater. Her Toyota Corolla struck a pickup truck head-on and may have been hit by another vehicle after that first collision. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
The pickup driver, a 44-year-old man, was trapped in his vehicle as it burst into flames. He was also declared dead at the scene. His passenger, a 42-year-old woman who shared his last name, was able to escape the wreck. She was said to have suffered injuries that were initially described as minor. The drivers of two additional vehicles were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, one with non-life threatening injuries and the other for evaluation of potentially minor injuries.
As authorities worked to investigate the scene and clear the crash debris, the Router 24 lanes in the direction of Cape Cod were reopened about three hours after the collision. The northbound lanes were fully reopened almost three and a half hours later. No further word was available on the condition of the injured parties. Whether the surviving family of the deceased pickup driver will turn to Massachusetts courts to pursue a wrongful death claim is as yet unknown. Others injured in the car accident may have the right to pursue personal injury claims against any party whose negligence caused or contributed to the tragedy.
Source: Easton, MA Patch, “State Police Release Identity of Route 24 Crash Victims,” July 17, 2012