Massachusetts State Police investigating deadly crash on I-495 in Norton

NORTON — A woman died in a collision on Interstate 495 in Bristol County Thursday morning, according to Massachusetts State Police officials, who don’t expect to file any charges in the fatal crash.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., troopers from the Foxboro barracks responded to I-495 in Norton for a two-car crash involving a southbound 1998 Saturn SL2 that collided with a northbound 2005 Nissan Maxima, killing the driver of the Saturn.

Dominica E. Howard wasn’t wearing her seatbelt when she sustained critical injuries, police said. Norton EMS personnel rushed the 31-year-old Norwood resident to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Nissan, a 29-year-old Fall River woman, “is not charged with any wrongdoing and will not be identified,” police officials said in a statement.

Howard was southbound in the high-speed lane when an SUV changed lanes in front of her, forcing her to swerve to avoid contact with the vehicle. Howard’s car went off the left side of the highway, crossing the median and entering the northbound lane, where it was struck in the passenger side by the oncoming Nissan, police said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The operator of the SUV that changed lanes in front of Howard, a 47-year-old Norton woman, has been located and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Troopers from the Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Services Section and a patrol supervisor from Troop H Headquarters in South Boston are assisting with the investigation. Norton firefighters and MassDOT officials assisted at the scene of the crash.