Today at approximately 1 p.m. Troopers assigned to State Police-Leominster responded to reports of a serious crash on Route 2 westbound at Mt. Elam Road in Fitchburg. Upon their arrival they observed a Jeep SUV that had been struck in the windshield by a large tire and rim.
The operator of the Jeep, a 42-year-old woman from Templeton, was seriously injured in the collision. She was transported by ambulance to Leominster Hospital where she was then MedFlighted to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Her name is not being released tonight.
At this time the exact cause and circumstances of the crash are actively under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police. The investigation seeks to determine what vehicle the tire and rim came from, and whether it came off the axle or was being transported and became unsecured. The investigation also seeks to identify the driver of that vehicle.
A previous social media post by MSP that the other vehicle has been identified was inaccurate. We have identified another vehicle that was in that area but at this time we have not determined whether that vehicle or another still unidentified vehicle was the source of the tire and rim.
The investigation is being conducted by Troopers assigned to State Police Leominster, the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit, and the State Poloce Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.
We ask anyone who may have seen the crash or has any information that may be helpful to call the State Police-Leominster Barracks at (978) 537-2188.