A 24-year-old Norwood woman died and more than a dozen people were injured in crashes around eastern Massachusetts today.
Just before 2 p.m., a 2009 Ford Focus driven by Alison E. Irving in the left lane of Interstate 95 south in Walpole spun across the travel lanes, striking a right side guardrail, flipping, and landing on its roof.
Irving was partially ejected from the car and killed instantly. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, 25-year-old Andrew A. Costello, also from Norwood, was ejected from the vehicle into the woods. He was taken by medical helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.
All southbound lanes were closed for the rescue operation for more than two hours, as traffic was detoured onto Coney Street, State Police said.
Later, at around 3:30 p.m., a van and two other vehicles crashed on Interstate 495 northbound in the town of Boxboro, resulting in 10 injuries as police called for five ambulances and another medical helicopter. Victims were taken to three area hospitals, but none of their injuries were considered life-threatening, State Police said.
The highway was closed in both direction for hours during the investigation and rescue operation. At least one person was ejected from the van.
The medical helicopter was delayed in taking off from the scene because three television news helicopters were hovering too close to the scene, State Police said.
At 3:33 p.m., State Police reported that they were en route to a multiple-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Wrentham, where several people had been injured. Both sides of the road near Luciano’s Restaurant were closed during that investigation.
Three cars were involved in the crash, and a utility poll came down and caught fire. The first vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, was driven by a 60-year-old Cumberland, R.I. man who was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro with minor injuries. The driver of a 2011 Nissan Quest, a 35-year-old Walpole woman, was not injured. A 45-year-old Walpole man, driving a 2001 Honda Accord, was also taken to Sturdy with minor injuries, State Police said.
Another crash was reported around 4:36 p.m. in Sudbury, closing Rt. 20, a main thoroughfare in the area. The crash occurred near Brimstone Lane in Sudbury. No details were released by State Police, and Sudbury police declined to comment.
The names of those crash victims were not released tonight.
The crashes occurred in the wake of two fatal accidents yesterday, one on Rt. 1A in Revere and one on I-95 in Mansfield. Black ice on the roadways has been considered as a possible cause of both crashes.
The crash in Revere led a city councilor to call for more signs warning drivers about black ice around the General Edwards Bridge.
Councilor John R. Correggio, a retired Revere fire lieutenant said he would make a motion at a meeting Jan. 9 to send a letter to the State Department of Transportation, asking it to propose the signs and “address serious safety issues,” he said.
“To me it’s a very serious matter,” Correggio said. “There was a loss of life due to black ice. I don’t want to see another life lost on that bridge. We need more safety signage on the bridge, maybe some better lighting as well.”