Fatal motor vehicle crash temporarily closes I-495 northbound in Haverhill

A crash involving two vehicles on Interstate 495 in Haverhill resulted in the death of a 68-year-old woman and injured others Saturday evening, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The 68-year-old woman from Salisbury a passenger in the rear seat, was traveling with two others who were also from Salisbury. She was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital, said State Police in a release. The crash may have been caused by drivers attempting to dodge a loose dog on the highway, State Police said.

The two others in the vehicle were also injured in the crash. The driver, a 39-year-old woman, was transported to Lawrence General Hospital and then was transferred to Beth Israel Hospital, said State Police.

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A 66-year-old male who was riding in the front seat, was injured and had to be transported by helicopter to Beth Israel Hospital.

There were no injuries in the second vehicle, State Police said.

The accident caused the northbound lanes of I-495 to shut down at approximately 6:45 p.m. so that the helicopter could land. Traffic was diverted at Exit 49, said State Police.

The highway was reopened around 8:40 p.m.