CHARLTON – A rollover crash that closed the entire westbound side of the Mass Pike in Charlton killed a 26 year-old woman from Worcester, state police say.
David Procopio of Massachusetts State Police Media Relations told 22News that Carmen Abraham died after being taken to University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. Two other people inside the car are expected to survive injuries they suffered in the crash.
Procopio says that an investigation has revealed that around 10:55 Monday morning, Abraham was driving a 2008 Honda Civic sedan west on the Pike, when she somehow veered out of the lane and the car rolled over several times. Though she was wearing her seat belt, Abraham was thrown from the car.
Her two passengers, Jose Abraham, 24, of Worcester, and Jonathan Serrano, 27, of Millville, were trapped inside the car, and had to be freed by Charlton firefighters.
Both Carmen and Jose Abraham suffered serious injuries in the crash, and they were taken to the hospital by medical helicopter. Carmen Abraham died from her injuries at the hospital. Jose Abraham is expected to survive.
Serrano was taken to the same hospital by ambulance. His injuries are considered to be minor.
As a result of the crash and the rescue response, the entire westbound side of the highway was closed for more about an hour, and the left and center lanes were closed for an additional two hours; causing miles of traffic backups.
Police are still looking into what caused the accident.