Pickup Hits Tractor-Trailer in Mansfield, Catches Fire, Driver is Deceased
Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 07152017 – State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Mansfield
This morning, at approximately 5:25 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to reports of a crash on Route 95 Northbound, at the 10 mile-marker, near the rest area in Mansfield. Upon arrival, Trooper Samantha Lucas discovered that a 2015 Ford F250 pickup, had struck the rear of a 2015 Kenworth tractor-trailer which was disabled in the breakdown lane, with a flat tire. Upon crashing into the rear of the trailer, the F250 immediately caught fire.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 56-year-old man, of Providence Rhode Island, who was seated in the tractors driver’s seat, suffered minor injuries, but refused immediate medical treatment.
Preliminary investigation has revealed the F250 was driving at a high rate of speed in the breakdown lane, prior to the crash. The driver, and only occupant of the F250 pickup, was determined to be deceased at the crash scene. Identification has not yet been made on the deceased victim.
The right two lanes continue to be closed, as extrication of the victim is still ongoing.
The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Foxboro Barracks and the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. Troop H Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), Mansfield Fire, Mansfield EMS, North Attleboro Fire Department, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) all assisted on scene.
No further information is currently available. Please do not contact the barracks directly.