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Mass. man hit nearly 100 mph before fatal, fiery crash on I-93

An early-morning crash on I-93 in Manchester Tuesday has left a Massachusetts man dead.

New Hampshire State Police said they received reports around 3:30 a.m. of a vehicle traveling erratically on I-93 in Salem. The callers told police the gray Dodge Ram was swerving from side to side, preventing other vehicles from passing it.

The truck eventually hit two other vehicles and continued north on I-93.

The truck was eventually located near Exit 4, and a state trooper began to follow the truck. The trooper tried to pull it over, but the driver of the pickup, who was identified as Byran Martinez, 36, of Hingham, refused to stop.

The trooper continued to follow the truck, but because of its erratic operation he kept his distance.

Another trooper was unable to deploy his spike strips because the truck’s headlights were not on and the trooper couldn’t see the truck.

The truck continued at speeds of about 100 mph as it approached the junction with I-293.

Martinez quickly lost control of the truck after entering the highway and traveled onto the grass between I-293 and I-93. The truck then hit several trees and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.

The vehicle caught fire, as well as several trees, and the troopers were able to drag Martinez away from the flames.

Troopers performed CPR on Martinez while waiting for other first responders to arrive, but he died.

Officials said drugs or alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the crash, but they said Martinez was not wearing a seat belt, which resulted in him being ejected from the vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call police.

Source: WCVB