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    Woman dies in 7-vehicle crash

    Massachusetts State Police continue to investigate a seven-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Norwood that left a woman dead and four people seriously injured early Wednesday, officials said.

    The multiple vehicle crash was a series of three consecutive collisions in the same area on the northbound side at 2:09 a.m., and started when one car lost control, according to a State Police statement.

    Police said a 2004 Audi A4 operated by Milton J. Mc- Carthy, 23, of Dorchester, hit the guardrail near the Neponset Avenue exit, spinning around to face oncoming traffic.

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    McCarthy’s car was then struck by an oncoming vehicle, causing him serious injury.

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    He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, authorities said.

    A passenger in the Audi has been identified as Kendell R. Thomson, 25, of Boston.

    A 2008 Cadillac DTS involved in the collisions held four people, who were all injured.

    One passenger, Elefthria Pantekidis, 71, of Jamaica Plain, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at Norwood Hospital.

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    Three others, Haralambos Kosmidis, 75, Elpida Kosmidis, 68, and Georgios Pantekidis, 78, all of Jamaica Plain, were taken to hospitals.

    A total of seven cars and 14 people were involved in the collisions.

    All northbound lanes were closed for a time and traffic was diverted to Route 1.

    The crashes and the circumstances, including what caused the first car to hit the guardrail, are under investigation by the State Police.

    The Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit will determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

    Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.