TAUNTON — The Taunton Fire Department responded late Wednesday evening to a serious motor vehicle crash that killed one driver and left six other people injured.

Taunton firefighters responded at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to I-495 near exit 9, about 100 feet from the Norton town line. Upon arrival, crews had one car fully engulfed in flames and two other vehicles damaged.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of a vehicle of indeterminate make and model, an approximately 84-year-old male from Foxborough was driving the wrong way, headed southbound on I-495 northbound when his vehicle collided with two other vehicles--a Toyota and an older model car. The vehicle that was traveling the wrong way caught fire in the crash, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other drivers and four passengers in the remaining two vehicles were transported to area hospitals by ambulances with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

I-495 Northbound has been shut down since the crash and is expected to be closed entirely between exits 9 and 10 into the morning.

The crash is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.

Taunton Fire Department

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