2 riding in hotel shuttle killed in East Boston car crash

BOSTON (WHDH) - Two people from Texas riding in a hotel shuttle from Logan Airport were killed in a two-car crash early Wednesday morning in East Boston.

According to police, the two-car crash happened on the northbound side of Route 1A, 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 27-year-old 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 its right, hitting the right side barrier.

Two passengers on the van were ejected and were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as Joseph Rodriguez, 59, and Sandra Arreola, 47. Both were from El Paso, Texas. The van’s driver, another woman from Texas and a man from Florida were not ejected from the van but suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Subaru was transported to MGH with 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.

Whether passengers were using seat belts on the van will be part of the police investigation. No charges have been filed at the time.

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