Two people dead after car strikes hotel shuttle in East Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) - Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal crash in East Boston that happened early Wednesday morning.

According to police, the two-car crash happened on Route 1A north, about a half-mile after the exit from the Ted Williams Tunnel.

Police said preliminary investigation shows the crash involved a Subaru Legacy driven by a Swampscott man and a Ford shuttle van carrying passengers to and from the airport and local hotels.

According to police, the Subaru exited the Ted Williams Tunnel, traveling northbound on Route 1A, when it hit the rear of the shuttle bus, owned by the Hampton Inn.

The impact caused the bus to veer to the left, hitting the jersey barrier and then back to it’s right, hitting the right side barrier.

Two passengers on the van were ejected and were determined to be dead at the scene. They were a 59-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman from El Paso, Texas.

Three other people on the van, including the driver, were not ejected but suffered non-life threatening injuries. They remain at Mass. General Hospital.

Whether passengers were using seat belts on the van will be part of the police investigation.

The driver of the Subaru was transport to MGH will non-life threatening injuries.

The Ted Williams Tunnel was closed to eastbound traffic at Exit 26 for about five hours.

Route 1A has since been reopened.

Police are now investigating the cause of the crash.

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