Victims identified in fatal wrong-way, head-on crash in Lawrence

Wrong-way crash in Lawrence that killed two people still under investigation

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Two people have died after a wrong-way driver caused a head-on crash, according to Massachusetts State Police.

State Police say a 38-year-old woman, identified as Lawrence native Jyllian McGonagle, was driving south on I-495 in Lawrence just before noon Wednesday when she crossed the median into the northbound lane. Police say the woman sideswiped a truck driven by a 59-year-old Dracut man, who was not injured.

McGonagle then struck a Honda Pilot head-on that was being driven by a 55-year-old woman with a 56-year-old male passenger. The man, identified as Lawrence native Nelson Rivera, was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

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Police say the McGonagle then hit a Toyota RAV4 driven by a 58-year-old woman with a 27-year-old female passenger. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

McGonagle was pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes of I-495 were closed to traffic as police investigated. Roads reopened just before 3 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation.