FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The victims of a deadly crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham this week have been identified as northern Connecticut residents.
Police say 20-year-old William Barnett and 19-year-old Alyssa Grenier, both of Stafford Springs, Conn., died when their minivan was struck by a tractor-trailer hauling lumber just after 5 a.m. Wednesday on the eastbound side of the highway.
Barnett, the driver, and Grenier, had died by the time emergency workers got there. The truck driver was hospitalized, but he is expected to recover from his injuries.
Police are still looking into the cause of the crash, but the minivan spun out on a road made slick by a rain-sleet mix and police think that may have contributed to why the accident happened.
The crash forced lane closures on both sides of the highway and rush-hour traffic backups of up to 18 miles.