Man dies after crash off I-495 in Franklin

FRANKLIN, Mass. (AP) — State Police say a 46-year-old man has died after crashing his vehicle off Interstate 495 in southeastern Massachusetts.

Troopers say the man from Middleborough crashed Friday afternoon in Franklin and later died at Milford Hospital. His name hasn’t been released yet.

State police say the man was driving at a high rate of speed in the northbound lanes when his small sport utility vehicle struck the rear of another SUV while changing lanes. The victim’s vehicle then went off the road, crashed into a rocky abutment and rolled over.

The driver of the other SUV wasn’t injured. State police say speed was a factor in the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

Below is a statement from the State Police regarding the deadly crash:

At 3:37 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a crash on Route 495 northbound in Franklin. The initial investigation by Trooper Brad Kessel indicates that a 2014 Honda CRV, operated by a 46-year-old man from Middleboro, was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, changing lanes into the right lane, when the CRV struck the rear end of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, operated by 49-year-old William Leahy of Bennington, New Hampshire. The CRV exited the roadway after the collision and struck a rocky abutment at a high rate of speed, rolling over after the impact.

The operator of the CRV was incapacitated and troopers performed CPR until Franklin EMS arrived and transported him to Milford Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The operator of the Jeep suffered no injuries and the vehicle was able to be driven after the crash.

Troopers assigned to the Collision Analysis and Reconstructions Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Troop H Detectives are assisting in the investigation. Also assisting at the scene were a patrol supervisor, Franklin Fire Department and MassDOT. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Sergeant Daniel O’Sullivan stated that the initial investigation indicates speed was a factor.

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