LEXINGTON, MA – The Massachusetts State Police responded to I-95 in Lexington around 1:20 a.m. Saturday morning when multiple concerned motorists dialed 911 to report a wrong-way driver hurtling down the southbound lanes of the northbound side of the busy highway. Dispatchers at the State Police’s Concord Barracks immediately dispatched troopers to locate the wrong way driver.
As police raced to the scene, another call came in, confirming that the wrong-way driver had collided with another vehicle in the vicinity of the Route 4/255 interchange. The collision was quickly located by police at Exit 49B, which serves Route 4 north and Route 225 west. According to investigators, the crash involved a 2001 Toyota RAV4, which was traveling northbound on I-95/Route 128 near Exit 49. Tragically, the wrong-way driver, behind the wheel of a 2019 Toyota Prius, collided head-on with the RAV4 near the same exit.
The force of the impact was so severe that the RAV4, upon collision, rolled onto its driver’s side and subsequently became engulfed in flames. Lexington Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene and undertook the task of extracting both drivers from their mangled vehicles. Despite their efforts, state police confirmed that both drivers, whose identities have not yet been disclosed, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident raises numerous questions, including the primary question of why the driver of the Prius was traveling in the wrong direction on the busy highway. At this time, the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash remain unknown. An ongoing investigation is being carried out by the Concord State Police Barracks, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and State Police Crime Scene Services Section, with the hope of shedding light on the events that led to this tragic loss of life.