BURLINGTON - At approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Concord and Danvers responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-95 South in the vicinity of Exit 32 in Burlington near the Lexington line that resulted in a single fatality.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Burlington Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highways Division.
The facts and circumstances remain under investigation with the assistance of troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section and troopers assigned to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, but initial indications are a mattress fell from another vehicle, causing the crash.
The victim, Frida Litvak, 56, of Framingham, was transported to Lahey Health & Medical Center in Burlington, where she succumbed to her injuries after her 2011 Toyota Corolla was hit from behind after braking heavily to avoid a mattress that had fallen from a truck onto the road.
The surviving victim, who was operating a 2014 Toyota Tundra that struck Ms. Litvak's vehicle, was identified as Andrew Lawendowski, 43, of Charlton. He suffered minor injuries. Both operators were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Numerous leads have been received thus far, say State Police, but the public request for information about the truck carrying the mattress remains in place.
It is described as a large dump truck with a white cab and possibly black netting or a tarp partially covering the bed.
The bed of the truck is reported to be dark in color with wood along the sides.
At the time of the crash, it was reported to be occupied by two males and carrying multiple additional mattresses.
The Daily Times Chronicle and other media are asked to request that any of their viewers/readers with information on this incident or the vehicle being sought contact the Concord State Police Barracks at 978-369-4100.