Massachusetts State Police have released the identity of the victim in Friday's fatal crash in Middleborough, according to a release from law enforcement.
The victim has been identified as Jennifer Ryan, 32, of New Bedford. Ryan died after a single-vehicle crash on I-495 North near Exit 3 on Friday afternoon.
#UPDATE: The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle involved in the fatal crash has been identified as Jennifer Ryan, 32, of New Bedford. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by MSP. #Boston25 https://t.co/0FyKpb13ax— Courtney Spinelli (@CourtSpinelliTV) March 30, 2019
According to police, Ryan was traveling northbound just south of Exit 3 when she lost control of the 2004 Ford Explorer she was operating. The vehicle then crashed into a tree in the median of the highway before catching fire and becoming fully engulfed in flames.
#MAtraffic Route 495 NB prior to Exit 3 in #Middleboro, two left lanes remain closed. Traffic getting by in the breakdown lane.This was a single vehicle, single occupant fatal crash. Further details will be released later this evening. https://t.co/baBgpEbOfX— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) March 29, 2019
Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash occurred at 3:40 p.m. and led to the closure of the two left lanes on I-495 N.
#BREAKING: State Police have the left two lanes closed on 495N prior to Exit 3 in Middleboro following a fatal, single vehicle crash. No further details at this time. #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/54UGhDdyi4— Courtney Spinelli (@CourtSpinelliTV) March 29, 2019
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and officials from the Plymouth County DA's Office.
Middleboro Fire and EMS were on scene to assist State Police, with the fire department extinguishing the blaze. Police from the town also assisted at the site of the crash, along with the Mass. Department of Transportation.
All lanes were reopened on the highway around 8:25 p.m., nearly five hours after the incident occurred.
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