SUTTON, Mass. - One person was killed Wednesday in an accident on Rte. 146 near the Purgatory Road exit, State Police said.
The victim, the driver of the vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identity is pending confirmation from the state Medical Examiner’s Office.
The accident, northbound on Rte. 146, occurred around 12:55 p.m. at Exit 7. A witness to the crash reported that a Jeep crashed into the bridge and was engulfed in flames.
Firefighters from surrounding towns, including Grafton, responded to the scene.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Fitzgerald indicates that the driver was operating a 2002 Jeep Liberty in the right lane when the vehicle entered the grassy shoulder adjacent to the breakdown lane and traveled approximately 200 feet before striking the Central Turnpike bridge abutment. The vehicle then rolled over and came to rest on its roof in the breakdown lane.
The vehicle caught on fire and became fully engulfed. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver is pending confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
All lanes of Rte. 146 northbound were closed for approximately 3½ hours while the accident was investigated and the roadway cleared. Traffic was diverted off at Exit 7 and a detour was put in place.
The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Troopers were also assisted at the scene by the Sutton Fire and Police Departments and the Department of Transportation's Highway Division.
A second crash shortly after the initial one resulted in non life-threatening injuries, police said.