Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal multi-vehicle crash that happened Tuesday morning on Interstate 495 southbound in Andover.
The crash happened at 6:40 a.m. at exit 40 — just before Interstate 93.
Upon arrival, a trooper saw that a Honda CRV, driven by a 59-year-old woman from Haverhill, had struck a GMC Sierra pickup from behind. The crash kicked off a chain reaction causing the GMC to strike a Toyota 4Runner which was then pushed into a Chevrolet Impala. That vehicle then struck a Mazda 3.
Police said the driver of the Honda CRV, identified as Maureen Bonnell, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the GMC Sierra, a 57-year-old man from South Berwick, Maine, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Lawrence General Hospital.
The drivers of the other three vehicles were not injured.
A preliminary investigation has revealed that traffic was slow or at a near standstill prior to the crash when the driver of the Honda CRV struck the GMC Sierra at a speed greater than the other traffic.
During the investigation, traffic was backed up in two lanes for at least 5 miles until the scene was cleared. The lanes were reopened just before 9 a.m.
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.