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Police: Worcester Man Killed As Westford Woman Drove Wrong Way on I-495

June 13, 2018 GMT

WESTFORD -- State Police say a 45-year-old Westford woman who was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 495 early Friday morning crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing a 35-year-old Worcester man.

State Police in the Concord Barracks began getting multiple 911 calls reporting a vehicle heading northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway near Route 119 in Littleton about 2:10 a.m.

Troopers were still en route to the scene when those 911 calls changed about three minutes later and began reporting a serious crash near the Boston Road exit in Westford, according to state police.

Trooper Christopher Lopilato soon arrived at the scene of the crash, and found a 2018 Nissan Rogue that was driven by the Westford woman crashed head-on into a 2017 Honda Civic driven by 35-year-old Raming Medina Cabreja, of Worcester, State Police said in a press release.

Cabreja was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 45-year-old Westford woman, who had serious injuries, was taken to Lowell General Hospital by ambulance, and then flown by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to State Police. An update on her condition was not immediately available Friday night.

Neither state police nor the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, which is assisting the investigation, released the Westford woman’s name on Friday.

State police said the reason the Westford woman was driving the wrong way on the highway remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed in connection with this accident, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

“This is an open and ongoing investigation,” wrote DA spokeswoman Elizabeth Vlock.

The crash is being investigated by troopers from the Concord barracks, with assistance from the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, according to the release.

Multiple agencies assisted on scene including the Westford and Littleton police and fire departments, Chelmsford police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Wrong-way driving crashes in the U.S. result in 300 to 400 deaths each year on average and represent approximately 1 percent of the total number of traffic-related fatalities that occur annually, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Though it is a small percentage overall, the agency says wrong-way driving crashes tend to be relatively more severe than other types of crashes.

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