Massachusetts Man Killed in I-95 Accident

Massachusetts Man Killed in I-95 AccidentA man from Amesbury, Massachusetts, was killed on Wednesday, July 27, when he crashed his white Chevrolet pickup truck on Interstate 95 in Byfield, the Gloucester Times reports.

According to the news source, Paul McCassie, of Monroe Street, was rushed to Boston Medical Center around 5 p.m., where he was later pronounced dead at 8 p.m. Police believe that McCassie's right back tire may have blown out while he was traveling at high speeds in the northbound left lane.

McCassie veered into the center median in an attempt to keep the vehicle under control, and then swerved back onto the street, where he began to roll several times. Mathew Melanson, of South Hampton, was the only passenger in the truck, and was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where he is currently listed in critical condition, the news provider stated.

Neither victims were wearing a seatbelt, and when the car began to roll, both were ejected from the car. McCassie needed to be flown to Boston Medical Center by an emergency medical helicopter, while Melanson was taken via ambulance, according to the media outlet.

State police told the news provider that after rolling, the entire passenger compartment of the truck had been flattened and the front tire and axle had been sheered from the automobile. The highway was littered with debris, including a shoe, trash and clothing, for the rest of the day.

The highway was shut down for 20 minutes after the crash, allowing rescue workers to clear a space for the helicopter to land. Traffic was backed up for approximately three miles, the Times reports.

In Massachusetts, there were 136,384 vehicle crashes in 2008, the most recent year in which data is available, resulting in the death of 363 motorists, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.