FREETOWN — A 32-year-old Raynham woman died Monday afternoon after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on Route 24 northbound just north of Exit 9 in Freetown, police said.
The tractor-trailer was parked off the roadway and on the shoulder of the breakdown lane. The operator was in the truck’s cab at the time of the crash, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
Police officials were not sure Monday night why the driver lost control of her Honda sedan. Authorities said she was traveling northbound when she swerved off the roadway and crashed into the rear of the Regency Transportation tractor-trailer around 3:40 p.m.
The woman, Stephanie Picher, did not have any passengers in her vehicle. She was determined to be dead at the scene, according to the state police, who did not release her name Monday night.
State police troopers from the Dartmouth barracks responded to the scene and closed off the right and breakdown lanes, which delayed traffic in the area.
Troopers also erected several canvas barriers around the crash site to shield the view of passing motorists. A large crane lifted the rear of the tractor-trailer off the Honda sedan, which was crushed underneath the truck’s rear tires.
The breakdown lane and right travel lanes were closed until 7:01 p.m. to allow for rescue operations, investigation and cleanup.
The crash is currently under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police, as well as troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Service Section, and state police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Freetown Fire Department EMS and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also responded to the scene to assist in the crash investigation.