Police ID Victims Of Crash On Route 24 In West Bridgewater

WEST BRIDGEWATER (AP) — State police have identified the driver of a car they think was traveling the wrong way on Route 24 in West Bridgewater before a four-car crash that killed two and forced the shutdown of the entire highway for several hours.

Read: Is Route 24 Too Dangerous?

Police say witnesses reported that a car driven by 19-year-old Lisa Banat of Mansfield was traveling south in the northbound lanes just before 4 a.m. Sunday.

They said Tuesday that Banat’s vehicle struck a pickup truck head-on. The truck burst into flames.

Banat and the pickup’s driver, 44-year-old John LaChapelle of Tiverton, R.I., were pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the pickup and the drivers of two other vehicles involved were injured but are expected to survive.

The investigation is continuing.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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