One person killed in fiery truck accident on I-95 in Mansfield

MANSFIELD — One person was killed in a fiery wreck involving a tractor-trailer and pickup truck Saturday morning on Interstate 95 that tied up traffic for hours. The driver of the pickup truck, which smashed into the rear of the tractor-trailer, was declared dead at the scene, state police said. Identification has not yet been made on the victim, they added.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 56-year-old Providence man who was seated in the truck’s drivers seat, suffered minor injuries, but refused immediate medical treatment, state police said. The accident was reported just before 5:30 a.m. near a rest area and close to the North Attleboro line. The pickup truck, a 2015 Ford F250, crashed into and became lodged under the rear of the tractor-trailer, which had been parked in the breakdown lane because of a flat tire, state police said.

Both trucks caught fire and were fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. Preliminary investigation revealed the pickup truck was driving at a high rate of speed in the breakdown lane prior to the crash, state police said. The driver was the only occupant of the pickup.

Firefighters from several area fire departments used water and foam to extinguish the blaze, an effort which also involved cutting part of the trailer apart with special tools. Several tanker trucks as well as foam trailer units from Plainville and Raynham’s fire departments were used. Heavy fire was still reported an hour after the accident.

A backhoe from the state Department of Transportation was also called to rip the trailer apart. The trailer was reported to be carrying household products. Fire officials had the cab of the truck disengaged from the trailer.

All but one lane of the highway was closed to allow firefighters to extinguish the fire and extricate the victim. As late as mid-morning, a steady stream of vehicles was observed exiting the highway to Toner Boulevard, and traffic was reported backed up as far as I-295. Several vehicles were also observed breaking down, some apparently from overheating.

Firefighters from North Attleboro and Wrentham also assisted Mansfield firefighters. State Department of Environmental Protection personnel were also notified. A secondary blaze, a brush fire, was ignited from a fuel leak into a culvert.

While that fire was quickly extinguished, fuel contamination was a concern in stormdrains.

The accident is under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Foxboro Barracks and the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

Troop H Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), and State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS) also assisted at the scene.

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