Two People Sent to Massachusetts Hospital in Interstate Crash, One Dead

Two People Sent to Massachusetts Hospital in Interstate Crash, One DeadAn early-morning crash in Franklin, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, August 17, caused one driver to be hospitalized in critical condition while another man narrowly escaped serious injury on Interstate 495. The accident occurred after one car allegedly crashed into another vehicle that was involved in a previous accident, causing the car to flip and roll, the Sun Chronicle reports.

David C. Cooney, a 36-year-old man from Seekonk, was rushed to Milford Regional Medical Center, where he received treatment hours after his 1999 Jeep reportedly crashed into the 2002 Ford Taurus that had been at-rest in the middle of the road, causing the Jeep to flip and land on its roof, according to the news source.

Brian M. Fuller, the 24-year-old driver of the Taurus, had to be rushed via emergency medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center, where he was still listed in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon, and later pronounced dead.

The crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. near Wrentham in the northbound lanes of I-495, which had to be closed for about four hours following the accident as investigative teams probed the area.

According to the media outlet, state police stated that initial findings indicated that Fuller somehow lost control of his vehicle, allegedly striking a guardrail while traveling north before coming to a stop in the right and middle lanes of the road. During the collision, his lights were damaged and were not on after coming to a rest.

Cooney, driving a large SUV, then struck Fuller's car in the dark and rolled until it came to rest upside down between the high-speed lane and the center median.

Wrentham Deputy Fire Chief David Wiklund told the Chronicle that firefighters were forced to use a hydraulic cutting tool to free Cooney from the wreckage, cutting the doors off his SUV, and said that bystanders acted quickly to pull Fuller from his badly-damaged car.

"He was in critical condition when we got there," said Wiklund.

Massachusetts State trooper Nicholas Canvavan of the Foxboro station is leading the investigation of the crash scene. He is being assisted by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

According to the News Telegram, a spokeswoman said that Fuller died late Wednesday night from his injuries.