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One dead, one injured in Dedham crash; troopers enter water to help people in submerged vehicle

One man died and another sustained serious injuries after they were pulled from an overturned submerged car in a flooded gully in Dedham early Saturday, according to State Police.

The passenger, identified by the Norfolk district attorney’s office as Liam Fitzgerald, 27, of West Roxbury, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The second occupant of the car, believed to be the driver, was taken to a hospital in serious condition, State Police spokesman David Procopio said. He has since been treated and released from the hospital, according to the district attorney’s office.

Troopers responded to a rollover crash on Interstate 95 northbound at the University Avenue exit at 4:20 a.m., Procopio said in a statement.


A Toyota RAV4 had flipped over on the infield between the roadway and the ramp and landed upside down in several feet of water, Procopio said.

Multiple troopers entered the gully and pulled two males from the car, which was completely under water, the statement said. Then, they performed emergency medical aid in an attempt to save the two male’s lives.

The incident remains under investigation by State Police and the district attorney’s office.

Globe correspondent Breanne Kovatch contributed to this report.

Sofia Saric can be reached at sofia.saric@globe.com Follow her on Twitter @sofia_saric. Breanne Kovatch can be reached at breanne.kovatch@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @breannekovatch.