Head-on crashes kill 5 on weekend in Mass., R.I., N.Y.

Two Sunday morning wrong-way crashes caused four deaths and multiple injuries on roadways in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to authorities, and a North Adams woman was also killed in a head-on collision in New York on Saturday night, according to news reports.

An unidentified woman from Toms River, N.J., was killed when a Leominster man driving east in the westbound lane of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn collided head-on with her vehicle, causing a three-car crash, authorities said. The Auburn Fire Department and emergency medical workers from Auburn, Millbury, and Charlton responded to the scene, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.

Dwayne A. Blackman, 33, was charged with motor vehicular homicide and taken to the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Tim Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester District Attorney’s Office. When asked if alcohol was a factor in the accident, Connolly said, “It is still under investigation.”


The two occupants of the third car were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Connolly said. The westbound lanes of the Mass. Pike were closed following the crash.

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In Lincoln, R.I., three people were killed when a North Smithfield man traveling south in the northbound lane of Route 146 struck a Honda Accord driven by a Worcester man, according to Rhode Island State Police. All three occupants of the Honda were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Front-seat passenger Alexis Correa 21, of Worcester, and rear-seat passenger, Isabel Vasquez, 21, also of Worcester, died. Driver Andrew Hilow, 29, of Worcester, suffered serious injuries and was in stable condition.

The driver of the car driving the wrong way, Aldo Almanzar, 38, of North Smithfield, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were a factor, said Corporal Jay Gibbs of the Rhode Island State Police.

The third incident, in Hebron, N.Y., left a 43-year-old North Adams woman dead and five others injured, according to the Associated Press.

Lisa Martin of North Adams was driving north on Route 22 in Hebron when a southbound vehicle driven by 44-year-old Ora Roaix of Granville, N.Y. crossed into the northbound lane, striking Martin’s car, authorities said. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. Roaix was flown to Albany Medical Center. A third vehicle could not stop in time to avoid hitting Roaix’s car, and both the driver and passenger in that vehicle were taken to Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, N.Y., according to the AP.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at haven.egresitz Matthew Higgins can be reached at matthew.