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Beverly man killed in Methuen car crash

METHUEN — A Beverly man died from injuries he received when his vehicle crashed into a dirt pile in the center of the Route 110/113 rotary in Methuen Thursday afternoon, state police said.

Police withheld the man’s name Thursday pending notification of his family, but said the victim’s identity will be released Friday.

The 49-year-old man was driving south on Interstate 93 around 1 p.m. when he took Exit 46 toward Route 110 at a high rate of speed and lost control of the Honda Accord he was in, state police said.

Methuen Police Capt. Randy Haggar said the car “hit the curbing and proceeded across the rotary into the center of the island, colliding with a sign post, some rocks and a pile of sand.”

Methuen police working details on the state’s construction site at the rotary responded to the scene “within seconds,” and found the man “unresponsive,” and trapped in the vehicle, Haggar said. He was the only person in the vehicle.

Methuen firefighters responded and were able to extricate the man from the vehicle. He was transported to Lawrence General Hospital by Methuen emergency medical services. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation Thursday by state police, with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. State police are leading the investigation because the incident began on the interstate.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation assisted state and Methuen police at the accident scene.

Drivers were warned to avoid the area, as the off-ramp at Exit 46 was closed and delays were expected for the remainder of the afternoon. The ramp was reopened after 5 p.m., officials said.

source: The Salem News