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2 Dead in Early-morning Crash on Route 3 Near Drum Hill in Chelmsford

October 8, 2018 GMT

CHELMSFORD -- Two motorists died in a wrong-way crash on Route 3 early Monday morning, according to Chelmsford Fire Chief Gary Ryan and State Police.

State Police received “numerous reports” of a 2014 Nissan Altima traveling over 100 miles per hour south in the left northbound lane on Route 3 at about 1:28 a.m. Monday morning, according to a press release from State Police.

About five minutes later, police received reports of a head-on crash involving the Nissan on Route 3 near exit 32 in Chemlsford, the release said.

At the scene, emergency crews found two overturned cars with one occupant trapped in each vehicle, according to Ryan. A 42-year-old woman from Nashua, N.H., was inside the Nissan and a 21-year-old man from Hudson, N.H., was inside the second car, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, according to State Police.


Ryan said first-responders used the Jaws of Life to remove both people from their vehicles.

The man in the Dodge was treated for serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at Lowell General Hospital, accoridng to Ryan and State Police.

The woman driving the Nissan was pronounced dead on the scene.

Crews from the Chelmsford Fire Department remained on the scene for almost two hours, and northbound lanes on Route 3 were closed for about three and a half hours.

The crash is under investigation by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section.

MassDOT and the Medical Examiner’s Office also assisted on the scene.

State Police are not releasing the identities of the victims pending family notification.

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