Tire Blow Out Causes Fatal Rollover Accident

Massachusetts (July 27,2011)  According to the Massachusetts State Police one man was killed and one was seriously injured on northbound Interstate 95 near Exit 55 in Newbury. 

The driver, Paul McCassie, was in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck around 5:15 when a tire blew out causing him to lose control of the vehicle.  The truck swerved into the median and then back onto I-95, rolling several times ejecting Paul McCassie, and his passenger Matthew Melanson.

Massachusetts State Police state neither person was wearing a seat belt.  Paul McCassie was airlifted to Boston Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead.  Matthew Melanson was transported to Anna Jacques Hospital by ambulance.

All lanes were reopened by 7:30 p.m. but traffic was still delayed in the area.  The Massachusetts State Police are still investigating the cause of the fatal accident.

8 Thoughts on “Tire Blow Out Causes Fatal Rollover Accident

  1. Linda on July 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm said:

    I was there and this accident was horrible. My thoughts go to those two young men who were seriously injured in this.

  2. Joe Jalbert on July 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm said:

    That pickup was pulped. It was just before the Central Street overpass. Typical speeds at that time of day are 70-80 mph. Belt up me buckos, you cannot hold on when you roll over.

  3. While stalled in traffic for two hours I only hoped that people were ok. Sadly 1o person died, and another injured. Bucklle up, get off the phone, stop texting, your family and other families want you / them home. Things can go bad within a second.
    Someone lost a dad, husband brother or friend today. Be smart get home safely.

  4. J. Morse on July 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm said:

    The is a sad sad day indeed.. Two young men with their whole lives ahead of them.. I knew Paul personally and he is the definition of a beautiful human being.. This is with out a doubt a huge loss.. My thoughts and prayers are with Pauls family and friends.. He was a gentleman who always thought of other people before himself.. My prayers are with matt and his family as well in hopes of a full recovery..

  5. derek on July 29, 2011 at 4:50 am said:

    Matt was like a brother to me my prayers r with him and his family matt be strong hang in there bro also to the family of paul I’m very sorry for ur loss my thoughts and prayers r with you.

  6. Kristina Klufts on July 29, 2011 at 7:30 am said:

    I was the fourth person on the scene; two women were on the ground, one with each young man; taking their pulses and holding their hand, and there were also two men who got out of their cars car to see if they could help, as well as a woman and her teenage daughter who brought blankets from the opposite side of the highway. We talked to the boys, assured them that help was on the way, and kept Matt talking as he was alert. The seven of us stayed as long as the police would let us. If there is one thing I wish Paul’s parents could know, it would be that their son was never alone, and that a few of us did our best to comfort him until he was medflighted to Boston. I was devaststed to hear of Paul’s passing…. I had prayed and prayed that he would be ok. :(

    • derek on July 30, 2011 at 7:32 am said:

      Hi just wanted to say thank u for ur help to matt and paul matt and I grew up together and I know their family would deply appreciate what u guys did for them also matt is doin ok he’s awake and talkin he suffered a broken back deep gash to his head as well as all his ribs on one side r broke and severe road rash but he will recover thank god I’m very sorry that paul didn’t make it and only wish that matt and paul were recoverin together my prayers r wit u

    • Kathryn on August 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm said:

      I am the woman that was with Paul and my husband was the other man who was helping Paul to breathe. My husband and I are both trauma nurses and I would like his family to know that Paul was never alone and I can say with all certainty that he was not aware of his surroundings or what had happened at all. We did everything we could and we are so very sorry that this happened to Paul and your family.

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