UPDATE TO WRONG-WAY DRIVER CRASH, approximately 0500 hours, 10/10/20
Just before 5 AM Saturday, Oct. 10, the State Police-Milton Barracks was notified of a wrong-way operator, driving north on Route 93 southbound, in the Milton area. Troopers responded to the area and found that the wrong-way vehicle, a 2008 Ford Escape sport utility, had cause a four-vehicle crash on the southbound side of the highway, prior to Exit 3, in Milton.
Preliminary investigation by several Massachusetts State Police units indicates that the 2008 Escape was traveling north on the southbound side, in the right middle travel lane, when it struck a 2017 Ford Escape driving southbound head on. The impact from that crash sent the 2017 Escape into a jersey barrier, while the 2008 Escape (the wrong-way vehicle) rotated and rolled onto its roof. The 2008 Escape was then struck by a 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan that was traveling southbound, the impact pushing the Escape along the roadway on its roof. The Mercedes was then struck from behind by a southbound 2020 Kia Sportage sport utility vehicle. The Mercedes and the Kia came to rest in the right middle travel lane.
The driver of the 2008 Ford Escape, Stephen Zorn, 24, of Stoughton, was determined to be deceased at the scene. The driver of the 2017 Ford Escape, a 29-year-old Plymouth woman, suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center. The driver of the Mercedes C300, a 50-year-old Wrentham man, also suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Milton Hospital. The driver of the Kia Sportage, a 38-year-old Raynham woman, was transported by ambulance to Milton Hospital with minor injuries.
The facts and circumstances of the incident, including where and why the wrong-way operator entered the wrong side of the highway, remain under investigation by the State Police-Milton Barracks, the State Police Troop H Detective Unit, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The crash necessitated the closure of all four lanes of Route 93 southbound for four hours to accommodate the rescue response and investigation.
A fifth vehicle, a mobile crane, sustained minor damage from striking debris scattered on the roadway as a result of the crash.
Troopers were assisted on scene by the Milton Fire Department, Fallon Ambulance, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.