Derry man dies in Mass. accident

A Derry man died yesterday morning around when he lost control of his car and plunged down an embankment on the side of Route 3 in Massachusetts.

John Perry, 46, whose address was not released by Massachusetts State Police yesterday, was traveling south on Route 3 when his car crossed the off-ramp for Exit 34 at Tyngsborough, went over the grassy median strip, struck the rear of another car, and then plunged down the embankment.

He died at the scene.

State Police believe he may have suffered a medical condition that led to the crash. Wendy Robson, 41, of Tyngsborough, was in the other vehicle that was struck but she was not injured.

The accident was the worst of several that snarled state roads during yesterday’s morning commute.

At 6:45 a.m., a two-car crash on Interstate 93 South near Ballardvale Street in Wilmington sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

William Gurrisi Jr., 48, of Haverhill, was in a commercial vehicle that collided with a 2008 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Rosalie Papoutsy, 73, of Atkinson. Gurrisi was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment.

It is unclear what caused the accident, but both vehicles were towed from the scene and no charges were filed.

At 6:50 a.m., a 1998 Buick Regal drdiven by Thomas Judd, 58, of Lowell, caught fire on Interstate 93 South near the Dascomb Road exit. Judd, who was not injured, was able to get his car to the side of the road before it became fully involved in flames. The car was towed from the scene after the fire was extinguished by the Andover Fire Department.