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Lowell man killed on I-495 in Tewksbury

A Lowell man died Thursday when a tractor-trailer truck struck his minivan on Interstate 495 southbound in Tewksbury after he had slammed into a guardrail during a rainstorm, authorities said.

Daniel Filiatrault, 44, was pronounced dead at Lowell General Hospital, State Police said.

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The Dodge Caravan he was driving had veered into the breakdown lane and crashed into the guardrail at about 11 p.m. The impact caused the minivan to spin and reenter the highway, facing the guardrail, State Police said.

A tractor-trailer — owned by Penske Truck Leasing of Reading, Pa., and driven by a 53-year-old Brockton man — then crashed into the minivan, the State Police statement said.

It was raining heavily at the time of the crash, according to investigators. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Two of the travel lanes, the breakdown lane, and an exit ramp were closed for three hours after the crash, officials said.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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