WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, a 10-year-old New Bedford girl died after being involved in a three car crash in Westport early Sunday morning.
Crews were called to Route 6 near the on ramp to Route 88 just after 2 a.m. for a report of an accident that involved several children and multiple vehicles.
Westport, Dartmouth and Fall River Fire Departments responded and transported a total of seven people to Charlton, St. Anne’s, St. Luke’s and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The 10-year-old was pronounced deceased at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River early Sunday morning.
Her 9-year-old sister was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and is in serious condition.
A preliminary investigation showed that a car driven by a 29-year-old New Bedford woman slightly struck the back of a truck driven by a 43-year-old New Bedford woman. Both were coming from a party and headed back to New Bedford.
Both of the women stopped in the left travel lane to look at the damage and agreed to take care of it at a later point. As they were about to continue driving, a jeep driven by a 29-year-old Fall River man slammed into the back of the car, pushing it into the truck.
The girls were believed to be sitting in the back of the car at the time of the accident.
The crash is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned the Bristol County District Attorney Office, Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Unit and Westport Police Department.
This story has been updated from an earlier version where Westport police originally identified the girl who died as being 9-years-old.