An SUV rollover on Interstate 93 resulted in the death of a Groton woman and critical injury to a 7-year-old boy.
Nicola Deluca, 23, was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where she was declared dead Thursday afternoon.
A helicopter brought the boy who was riding with her to Massachusetts General Hospital.
According to Methuen fire officials, he has life-threatening injuries. Police said he was in critical condition immediately after the accident.
Deluca was driving the blue 1998 Chevrolet Blazer with New Hampshire plates when it swerved in the left lane of Interstate 93 southbound between the Pelham Street and Lowell Street exits in Methuen, rolling over multiple times before coming to a halt with its roof pressed against the rail barrier on the median. The State Police collision team was reconstructing the crash to get a better understanding of how it occurred.
The relationship between Deluca and the boy is unclear. The Blazer was packed with clothes and cleaning supplies that spilled out onto the grass median.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident, but it did tie up traffic northbound beginning near Interstate 495. Police closed all of I-93 south briefly to allow the helicopter to land and take the boy to Boston. Some southbound lanes were closed for more than an hour, backing up traffic through Salem, N.H.
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Source: Woman dead, boy critical from Interstate 93 rollover, www.eagletribune.com, February 9, 2013.