A 30-year-old Randolph man died early Saturday morning after the Toyota Camry he had been driving on Route 24 in Avon rear-ended a tractor-trailer, according to Massachusetts State Police.
Richard Maurice, who had been driving the Camry, was traveling in the middle lane on Route 24 southbound when the vehicle collided into the back of a 2018 Freightliner, results from the preliminary investigation indicate.
The rear-ending led Maurice to veer off the road into a median, causing the Camry to catch on fire. The tractor-trailer also went off the road, striking a guardrail.
State troopers, Avon firefighters and paramedics attempted “life-saving measures” on Maurice at the scene after he was extricated from the car, before it became engulfed in flames, according to authorities.
Maurice later died from injuries at Good Samaritan Medical Center. The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as a 44-year-old man from New Bedford, is receiving treatment for what authorities describe as minor injuries at Good Samaritan.
As of early Saturday afternoon, the overnight crash remains under investigation.
All three southbound lanes on Route 24 in the area of the crash have reopened after being closed for just over three hours to accommodate the rescue response, investigation and crash reconstruction.