STERLING— A 39-year-old Worcester woman was killed Saturday evening when the car she was driving the wrong way on I-190 in Sterling slammed head-on into another car. The driver of the second car, a 64-year-old Worcester man, was critically injured.
The Massachusetts State Police said the woman was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival.The man was airlifted to the hospital where he is being treated for what the police say are life-threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV was transported to the same hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to investigating troopers, preliminary information indicates that the woman was driving her compact car northbound in the southbound lane of the highway in Sterling at about 7:40 p.m. Her car first glanced off an SUV driving by a 51-year-old Shrewsbury woman, then continued on to collide with a 2000 Volvo station wagon driven by the Worcester man.
Troopers closed all lanes of the highway and traffic was diverted onto Route 12 for approximately two hours as the victims were transported and vehicle wreckage cleared.
The incident is being investigated by the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Services Unit and Detectives attached to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.