2nd person dies following multi-vehicle crash on I-495 in Raynham on Tuesday

The crash reportedly involved two trailer trucks, two pickups, and one Volvo SUV.

A second person has died following a multi-vehicle crash on I-495 northbound in Raynham Tuesday morning.

The victim who was pronounced dead on scene has since been identified as Lauren A. Dyer, 62, of Braintree. The second victim, who died at Rhode Island Hospital Tuesday night, has been identified as 57-year-old Christopher L. Sheppard, of East Bridgewater, state police said in a press release.

Around 7:15 a.m., state police were called to the serious crash just before Exit 22. Via investigation, police believe that a 1985 Peterbilt tractor, owned by Collins Crane and Rigging of East Bridgewater, was being driven slowly by a Halifax man, 28, in the right and breakdown lanes.


The truck was being followed by Sheppard in a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, which was owned by the same company; Sheppard was a mechanic, according to police.

Just prior, Sheppard and the tractor’s driver had decided to detach the trailer the truck had been hauling since they were concerned about a mechanical issue. The trailer was moved off the road, and the tractor continued, with Sheppard in the Silverado following it, the release says.

While the tractor was operating slowly in the right lane, a passenger-side axle fell off, and the axle, plus the attached wheels, rolled into the travel lanes. Both drivers stopped again, and Sheppard went into the road to get the axle and its wheels, officials said.

While he was doing that, other vehicles stopped to allow him to pick up the axle and wheels, according to police.

One of them was Dyer, who was operating a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

Then, a 1998 Volvo tractor, owned by Truckah LLC of Easton and operated by an East Raynham man, 23, which was pulling a dump trailer registered in Maine and owned by a recycling company, struck the back of the Tacoma operated by Dyer, the release said.

The impact pushed the Tacoma into the Peterbilt tractor and the Silverado Sheppard had been driving, crushing it and killing Dyer. The Silverado was then pushed into Sheppard, who was still outside of the vehicle, according to police. He was transported by medical helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital.


The operators of both tractors, the Peterbilt and the Volvo, were sent to nearby hospitals for potential minor injuries, authorities said.

There was also a 2008 Volvo XC90 SUV that was damaged; its operator, a 47-year-old woman from Plymouth, was not injured, officials said.

The investigation continues, and state police were working to determine if any charges will be filed.

All northbound lanes, and adjacent ramps, were closed for several hours. They were reopened just prior to noon on Tuesday, police said.


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