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2 dead in I-91 crash

At scene, police find tractor-trailer truck engulfed in flames

GREENFIELD — A fiery tractor-trailer crash killed two people on Interstate 91 early Sunday morning, according to police.

Troopers from the Shelburne Falls barracks responded to a report of a tractor-trailer that had crashed into the median of the northbound lane between exits 27 and 28 around 3 a.m. and arrived to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames, according to a state police press release.

State Police identified the victims as Theodore Wilson, 33, and Eleanor Williams, 45, both of Birmingham, Ala.

State Trooper Thomas Murphy, an agency spokesman, said the two died at the scene of the crash, which remains under investigation.

“We’re investigating all possible causes, to include maybe a medical condition or possibly fatigue; all we know is that the truck crashed into the median and became engulfed in flames,” Murphy said.

Murphy said he did not know who was driving the truck or the relationship between the victims, adding that the agency does not disclose relationships.

Greenfield Fire Capt. Andrew Garvin said he thought the impact caused the fire, which engulfed the tractor portion of the vehicle.

The truck’s fuel tanks ruptured and an environmental cleanup company was called in, Garvin said.

Police closed the interstate highway between exits 27 and 28 until late morning. By 2:30 p.m., the travel lane was open but a portion of the passing lane remained closed with state police cruisers, highway and environmental cleanup vehicles parked by the side of the road in a wooded stretch with no guardrail immediately after the on-ramp before the 28A Northfield exit. The road reopened fully after 3:30 p.m. according to police.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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