Fall River — At noon today, Massachusetts State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 24 northbound, south of Exit 8, in Fall River. The female operator of the vehicle, Alexandra Medeiros, 20, of Fall River was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Lori-Ann Wheaton indicates that a 2002 Nissan Altima operated by Maderios was traveling northbound when it went off the road and crashed into the wood line, causing the engine to catch fire trapping Madeiros in the wreckage
Three troopers working a road construction detail on Route 79 in Fall River heard the radio dispatch to the crash and responded. Those troopers extinguished the engine fire. The driver was extricated from the car by Fall River firefighters using the Jaws of Life. Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Dartmouth also responded.
The Madeiros was transported by ambulance to Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, where she was pronounced deceased.
Troopers are investigating excessive speed as a possible factor in the crash. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.
To accommodate the rescue response and crash investigation, two northbound lanes on Route 24 in the area of the crash, as well as the Highland Avenue off-ramp, were closed for 20 minutes.