At 2:30 a.m. today troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to calls reporting a crash involving two vehicles, one of which rolled over, on the northbound side of Route 495 in Franklin. Drivers of both vehicles suffered serious injuries; one was medvaced from the scene.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Nicholas Canavan indicates that a 2002 Ford Taurus operated by Brian M. Fuller, 24, of Milford, was sitting disabled between the right and middle travel lanes after striking the guardrail. Evidence suggests the Taurus’ lights were not on.
At that time, a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by David C. Cooney, 36, of Seekonk, which was traveling north in the middle lane, struck the Taurus. The collision caused the Grand Cherokee to flip over the Taurus. The Grand Cherokee came to rest on its roof between the high-speed land and the center median. Both operators were trapped in their vehicles and were extricated by rescue personnel.
Mr. Fuller was transported by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries. Mr. Cooney was taken by ambulance to Milford Hospital, also with serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers also were assisted at the scene by the Wrentham, Plainville, and Franklin Fire and Police Departments, as well as by the Department of Transportation’s Highway Division.
All northbound travel lanes were closed for approximately four hours to accommodate the rescue response, crash investigation, and cleanup. The breakdown lane was open to traffic during that time.