I-95

Driver Dies After Crashing Into Van, Pickup Truck on I-95 in Newburyport

A car hit the back of a van, causing the van to roll over -- it ended up on its side in the median of the highway -- and sending the car the wrong way into traffic

NBC10 Boston

A man driving up Interstate 95 in Massachusetts died after crashing into a van, crossing the median and slamming into a pickup truck on the other side of the highway, authorities said.

The man, a 48-year-old from Saugus, died after being taken to a hospital, according to the Massachusetts State Police. The speed of his Hyundai Elantra is believed to have been a factor; the car ended up in the woods on the opposite side of I-95 from where it had been driving.

The initial crash took place about 3 p.m. on the northbound side of the highway before Exit 86 in Newburyport, police said. The Elantra hit the back of a Ford van, causing the van to roll over -- it ended up on its side in the median of the highway -- and sending the car into the southbound lanes.

There, it hit a Ford F-150, being driven by a 61-year-old Orchard Beach, Maine, man who had minor injuries, according to police. The front of the pickup truck was crushed in the crash.

Police are investigating the crash. They didn't identify the man who died.

Traffic was backed up on the northbound side of I-95 as the wrecks were being cleared.

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