Police investigating deadly crash in Boxboro

BOXFORD, MASS. (WHDH) - State police are investigating a crash early Saturday morning in Boxford that left one woman dead, officials said.

Troopers responding to reports of a crash on I-95 northbound just before 1 a.m. found a Toyota Avalon that hit a tree and caught fire near Exit 53A, police said. Both the driver, a New Hampshire woman, and her passenger, a Melrose woman, were ejected from the vehicle.

Both women sustained life-threatening injuries, and a second passenger, a man from Winthrop, sustained minor injuries, police said.

The driver, a 25-year-old from Derry, New Hampshire, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. The Melrose woman, Shana Fusco-Russell, 26, was taken to Beverly hospital then flown to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.

The Winthrop man, 27, was taken to Beverly Hospital, police said.

A preliminary investigation determined that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when she left the travel lane and struck a guardrail before crashing into a tree, officials said.

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