Authorities are investigating a fatal accident on the Interstate-95 Whittier Bridge. Charles Moncousky, of North Hampton, NH, died on Monday when his car drove over the Northbound side of the bridge. His 2002 Toyota Camry fell over 90 feet into the Merrimack River. State police said that in the bridge’s history, it is the first time that they can remember that a car has driven off. The bridge connects Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 76,000 cars each day and is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
The car went off the bridge near the Newburyport side of the river, in a section of the bridge where concrete protective barriers line the side of the bridge. Police spokesman David Procopio reported that it was not raining or snowing on the bridge at the time of the accident. The wheel’s tread and skid marks were clearly seen where the car ran up and over the barriers that were heavily covered with ice and snow.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reminds winter drivers to “slow down…bridges and overpasses can freeze up sooner than roadways” and that the majority of winter deaths related to snow and ice occur in automobiles.