EAST BROOKFIELD – A 30-year-old Barre man died and three other people were seriously injured when a Jeep Wrangler and a Toyota Sequoia collided head-on Tuesday afternoon on Route 49.
State police said Jason Cranston, a passenger in the Toyota, was killed. The driver, a 44-year-old Barre woman, was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by East Brookfield and Charlton fire departments.
The driver of the Jeep, a 21-year-old Worcester woman, and her adult male passenger were also trapped in their vehicle and had to be extricated by fire personnel, state police said. All three survivors were taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester for treatment of serious injuries.
State and local police, firefighters and a medical examiner converged on the scene of the crash, which occurred about 3:15 p.m. on Route 49 at Flagg Road.
Police closed the road in both directions, but later allowed southbound traffic to pass in the breakdown lane.
Information collected in the investigation by Trooper Nicholas Holden indicates that the 2005 Toyota was traveling south and the 2010 Jeep was headed north when the vehicles collided head-on.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation with assistance from the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the state police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Worcester district attorney’s office. No charges were filed Tuesday.
State police were assisted by East Brookfield and Charlton Fire and EMS, East Brookfield police and Sturbridge police.