Today at 8:30 a.m., troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Dartmouth responded to a single-car crash on Route 140 in New Bedford near King’s Highway.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Ronald Boswell indicates that an adult woman was operating a 2001 Mercedes Benz ML320 station wagon southbound on the southbound side of Route 140 when the vehicle left the roadway, rolled over several times and crossed the median, and came to rest in the northbound travel lanes near Exit 5. The operator was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. The victim’s identification is being withheld at this time per State Police Media Relations policy. It will be released later today.
The investigation into the crash is being conducted by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Bristol County State Police Detective Unit. The New Bedford Fire Department and the state Department of Transportation’s Highway Division also assisted at the scene.
The ramp area to Route 140 northbound was closed during the rescue response and crash investigation but has been reopened.