3 dead in wrong-way crash on I-195 in Westport

WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Three people were killed and several others were injured in a serious crash on I-195 eastbound Wednesday morning.

According to Massachusetts State Police, the crash took place at about 8:15 a.m. in the area of Exits 10 and 11, near the Westport-Dartmouth town line.

The preliminary investigation indicated a livery vehicle crossed the median and struck an oncoming BMW head-on.

Two occupants of the livery vehicle and the driver of the BMW, a 23-year-old New Bedford woman, suffered fatal injuries, police said. The names of the victims have not been released pending family notification.

Two passengers of the BMW, a 25-year-old Fall River man and a male toddler from New Bedford, were taken to Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals to be treated for injuries. Police said a third occupant of the livery vehicle survived and was also transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

After the initial crash, police said a Subaru Outback struck the BMW and caught fire. The driver, a 27-year-old man from Vermont, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

A car driven by a 34-year-old Raphael Carrancho from Fall River was hit by the livery vehicle following the initial crash. He suffered a shoulder injury but was not transported to the hospital.

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Carracho described the scene. “Cars flipping over, cars twisting, cars catching on fire…I mean, you can watch action movies and see all those things happening. When it’s real life, it’s not a joke,” he said.

Carrancho told us his 5-year-old son was in the back seat, what was all he could think about.

“I will be praying for the families that lost loved ones and again, you know what I mean, I’m going to thank God that God was watching over me…Drive safe, everyone,” Carrrancho added.

A fifth vehicle driven by a 73-year-old Rhode Island man also sustained damage, according to police.

The scene was cleared by about 11 a.m. and all eastbound lanes have since reopened, according to MassDOT.

“This is very unusual for this area,” said Westport resident Alex Pereira. “Typically it’s small fender benders, maybe a car gets totaled, but it’s usually not this bad.”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Source: WPRI