Update: State Police Identify Victim of Fatal Crash on Rt. 495 in Tewksbury

Update: State Police Identify Victim of Fatal Crash on Rt. 495 in Tewksbury 

The victim in yesterday’s fatal crash on Route 495 in Tewksbury has been identified as Joshua Avery, 42, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. No other information is available at this time. Original release below:


At 12:38 a.m. today Troopers from the State Police-Andover Barracks responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 southbound, north of Exit 38, in Tewksbury. The crash resulted in a fatality.

Responding Troopers located the 2007 Mercury Mariner rolled over into the median. The SUV’s lone occupant, an adult male from Maine, was transported by EMS to Lowell General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. His identity is not being released at this time. 

We are investigating excessive speed as a potential contributing factor to the crash. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver, who was ejected, was not wearing a seatbelt.

The crash remains under investigation by Troop A of the Massachushetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

The Tewksbury Fire Department and Tewksbury Police Department, as well as the Massachushetts Department of Transportation, assisted Troopers at the scene.  

The left and middle travel lanes at the crash site were closed for approximately two hours to accommodate the rescue response and investigation.