A fatal truck crash in Mansfield, Massachusetts has left state police officials asking the public for additional help with their investigation into the accident. A man from Norton who was driving the vehicle was killed in the accident that took place Monday July 13th, 2015, around 3:15 PM. The driver, who has yet to be identified pending family notification, was traveling on Route 495 South (south of Exit 12 for Mansfield) at the time of the accident. Preliminary reports suggest that the man, who was driving a box truck, veered off the right side of the highway and then rolled over into the woods nearby.
State police officers from the Foxborough barracks were called to the scene shortly after the accident took place. One of the state troopers investigating the incident, Christopher Booth, has said that initial reports indicate that the 55 year old driver of the 2003 Ford box truck appeared to have lost control of his vehicle before he swerved off the highway and into the surrounding trees. The Norton man who was driving the vehicle was the only person inside of the truck. Members of the Mansfield Fire Department had to extricate the victim from his car before he was transported by an ambulance to nearby Morton Hospital in Taunton. It was upon his arrival at the Morton Hospital that the unidentified driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead. The extent and nature of his injuries has not been made available yet.
Officers have also stated that they are looking into the possibility of a vehicle cutting off the box truck shortly before the accident transpired. They believe that a red motor vehicle may have cut in front of the Norton driver and therefore caused the chain of events that unraveled shortly thereafter. They do not have any immediate leads on a particular vehicle or a description of who may have been driving, but they ask the general public to please call them if anyone has information about this specific crash. The number they have provided for the Foxborough State Police Barracks is as follows: 508-543-8550.
Police officers also want to make it known to the public that while they are looking into the events leading up to this deadly crash, that they have not made any official charges. They do not have any leads other than a red vehicle may have cut off the driver at some point on that road and subsequently caused the box truck to drive off the highway. There is no official word yet on a detailed description of the motor vehicle, including make and model—the only detail that has been provided thus far is the color of the car.
Following the accident, traffic around that area of Route 495 South was experiencing delays for about two hours as emergency responders helped to clean up and further investigate the area where the box truck drove off of the roadway.
*The original article for this accident can be found at the following link: http://www.wcvb.com/news/msp-car-may-have-cut-off-truck-before-fatal-mansfield-crash/34149874