SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford teenager died Sunday night following a multi-vehicle crash on I-195 in Seekonk that sent several other people to the hospital with injuries.
Gisella Carrier, 16, was pronounced dead a short time after she was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.
According to Massachusetts State Police, the preliminary investigation showed a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was traveling eastbound around 8 p.m. when it encountered slowing traffic in the area of Exit 1 due to a car fire about a mile down the highway.
Despite the driver slamming on his brakes, police said the truck rear-ended a Chrysler 300 which then struck the back of an Acura TSX which, in turn, hit a Lexus NX.
Police said Carrier was in the back seat of the Chrysler and wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Chrysler, a 40-year-old New Bedford woman, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries while another passenger, a 14-year-old boy, was taken to Hasbro with minor injuries, according to police.
The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, a 43-year-old Johnston man, and his passenger, a 17-year-old girl, along with all four occupants of the Acura — two men and two women in their 20s from New Bedford — were all taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The driver of the Lexus, a 34-year-old Providence man, was not hurt in the crash.
Two travel lanes were closed for about three hours. Police said the crash remains under investigation.