LONGMEADOW (CBS) — A motorist was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 northbound, the Massachusetts State Police reported.

At about 5:50 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the crash scene. A preliminary investigation determined that a Jeep Grand Cherokee swerved to avoid couch cushions that were in the roadway. The Jeep made contact with a tractor trailer in an adjacent lane, then immediately caught fire. The Jeep’s driver succumbed to the fire, the state police said in a prepared statement.

The identity of the Jeep driver and the trucker were not released.

All northbound traffic was stopped during the emergency response effort. One lane of traffic was opened at 7:41 p.m., the state police said.

Troopers were assisted at the crash scene by members of the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, state police detectives assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Troop B Community Action Team, State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, state Department of Transportation, state Medical Examiners Office, the Hampden County Assistant District Attorney’s Office, Connecticut State Police and Longmeadow Fire Department.



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