Massachusetts (December 16, 2011) Two people are dead and one person was seriously injured in a roll over crash on I-495 in Merrimac. The accident occurred at 1:39 a.m. on Interstate 495 south near exit 53 when a 2005 Chrysler Sebring slammed into a tree.
Vanessa A. Knight, 27, was driving the Sebring southbound in the left hand lane with two passengers when the vehicle veered off the Interstate, rolled over and struck a tree in the center median according to the Massachusetts State Police.
Knight was transported to Anna Jacques Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The front seat passenger, George Schena, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene. The rear seat passenger, Thomas Schena, 30 was seriously injured and transported to Anna Jacques Hospital.
Troopers say that all the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the incident. Speed appears to be a factor in the fatal accident.
Authorities closed the left lane of I-495 south for approximately three hours during the rescue operation and crash investigation.