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Braintree woman, 27, killed in crash on Southeast Expressway

Cause under investigation

State Police are investigating a crash on the Southeast Expressway in Boston that killed a 27-year-old Braintree woman early today, officials said.

Alycia Rice, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, swerved to the left and crashed into a concrete barrier at 3:09 a.m, State Police said today in a statement.

She was extricated from her 2013 Hyundai Accent by Boston firefighters and rushed in an ambulance to Boston Medical Center. She died of her injuries shortly thereafter, according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Todd Nolan, a department spokesman.

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Rice was driving southbound and about to merge from the HOV lane near Exit 18 when she swerved, Nolan said.

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The left and middle lanes were closed for about 2½ hours to accommodate rescuers and investigators.

State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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