• August 17, 2022

One Killed in Crash with Wrong-Way Vehicle, Big Rig on I-495 in Hopkinton, MA

Hopkinton, MA — August 17, 2022, one person died in a crash with a wrong-way driver and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 495 in Hopkinton.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 12:15 a.m. on I-495 near exit 58. Preliminary investigation suggests 29-year-old Devin Arroyo was driving a Ford van the wrong direction on the highway when he crashed head-on into an oncoming car. After the initial crash a tractor-trailer behind the car braked but also hit the car from behind.

The car's driver was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Arroyo was treated for minor injuries and was then arrested on suspicion of DWI. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Wrong-Way Crash on I-495 in Hopkinton

After reading reports about this incident I suspect most people are ready to blame the wrong-way driver for setting everything in motion. It certainly seems like his actions were a major trigger for what happened, but before pinning the whole thing on him it's also important to zoom out and consider all the factors of the crash.

Here's what I mean: Clearly the head-on crash was quite serious, but there's also the matter of a big rig plowing into it and possibly turning a bad situation into a fatal one. Was the truck following too closely behind the car? How soon did the driver brake? Were the truck's brakes in good condition? Could or should the truck reasonably have stopped or steered clear rather than hitting the crash scene?

One Killed in Crash with Wrong-Way Vehicle, Big Rig on I-495 in Hopkinton, MA

To be clear, nothing in current reports says the trucker did anything wrong and I'm not pointing fingers. I'm plenty aware after decades in this field that 18-wheelers can't stop on a dime, and even the most experienced professional driver can't always avoid a wreck like this. I'm only suggesting that all the crash's possible elements be addressed, if for no other reason than to rule them out. Tempting though it may be to put the whole thing on the shoulders of the suspected drunk driver, it's best to verify that the reported story is the true one before moving on. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know that no stone was left unturned to learn the truth about their terrible loss.

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