• State Police identify victim in single-vehicle crash in Middleborough


    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.

    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.

    Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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    The crash occurred at 3:40 p.m. and led to the closure of the two left lanes on I-495 N.

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    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.  

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    All lanes were reopened on the highway around 8:25 p.m., nearly five hours after the incident occurred. 

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