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Woman, 80, dies in one-car accident in Raynham

By Matt Bryne
Globe Correspondent / October 17, 2011

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An 80-year-old woman died yesterday morning in a one-car crash in Raynham, one of three morning accidents in Eastern Massachusetts, State Police said.

Police identified the woman as Audrey Colasanti of Weymouth.

She was driving south on Route 24 in her 1996 Ford van about 5:30 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to a statement by State Police. She was south of Exit 13 when the crash took place.

Colasanti was thrown from the vehicle. She was transported to Morton Hospital in Taunton, where she was pronounced dead.

The cause and circumstances of the crash are under investigation, said Trooper Thomas Murphy, a State Police spokesman.

In another early-morning accident, a van leaving the parking lot of a restaurant on the Lynnway in Lynn collided with a late-model Acura sedan and burst into flames, State Police said.

The van’s driver, a 58-year-old Marblehead man, and the 21-year-old East Boston man who was operating the Acura were both seriously injured.

The driver of the van was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in serious condition, and the operator of the Acura was transported to Salem Hospital. They were not identified.

State Police did not have an update on either driver’s condition.

A third accident yesterday tied up northbound lanes of Interstate 93 after three cars collided near exit 34 in Medford, according to Murphy.

Troopers responded about 11:40 a.m. to the accident.

Of the five occupants, three were transported to area hospitals - two with neck and back pain, and another, a 69-year-old man from Bristol, N.H., with chest pains. They also were not identified. The cause of that accident is still under investigation, Murphy said.

Matt Bryne can be reached at mbryne.globe@gmail.com.