State Police identify driver of wrong-way Middleborough crash

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MA (WHDH) - Massachusetts State Police have identified the driver of the wrong-way Middleborough crash on Monday morning that killed five people.

Police say the operator of the 2011 Infiniti G37 was Valantein Burson, 31 of Fall River. Burson was driving southbound on the I-495 North when she struck a 2003 Mercury Sable.

The driver of that vehicle is identified as 20-year-old Kraig Diggs of Paxton and Osterville. Diggs was a student at Anna Maria College.

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The other passengers were also officially identified as…

  • Jordan J. Galvin-Jutras, 19, of Hyannis, a student at Anna Maria College in Paxton.
  • Jordan J. Fisher, 19, of Harwich, a student at Becker College in Worcester.
  • Cory P. Licata, 18, of West Babylon, N.Y., a student at Becker College in Worcester.

In a statement, Becker College expressed its sadness for the loss of two students.

We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of two of our students, Jordan Fisher, 19, of Harwich, Mass., and Cory Licata, 18, of West Babylon, N.Y., in the automobile crash that happened Monday on Route 495 in Middleborough, Mass. We also grieve for the other lives that were lost. Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to their families, friends, and local communities. To support our campus community, the college is providing counseling services.

Police said Burson was driving the wrong way on the northbound side of I-495 when she crashed head-on into another car with four people inside. That car burst into flames upon impact. All five people were pronounced dead at the scene.

State Police are investigating the crash and are trying to determine why the woman ended up driving on the wrong way of the highway. State Police said the driver who was hit head-on never had a chance to get out of the way.


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