State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Needham
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Robert Farraro indicates that a 1997 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound in the far left lane when the vehicle veered to the right and struck the guardrail adjacent to the breakdown lane. The vehicle then rolled over, ejecting the driver.
The driver, Matthew M. Cox, 33, of Westwood was transported to Beth Israel Glover Hospital in Needham, where he was pronounced deceased.
The investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash is being conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.
State Police were also assisted at the scene by the Needham Fire Department and the Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
During the crash investigation, two lanes were allowed south on Route 128 and the remaining traffic was diverted off at Highland Avenue and allowed back on at Great Plain Avenue. The scene took approximately three hours to clear.
No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.