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Providence man killed in crash on I-95 in Mansfield

A Providence man was killed in a crash on Interstate 95 in Mansfield. (Massachusetts State Police Photo)

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 95 north in Mansfield that happened just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to police, a tractor-trailer with a flat tire was in the breakdown lane right near the rest stop before exit 6, when a pickup truck crashed into the back of it.

The crash happened on the Mansfield-North Attleborough line, with both town’s fire departments responding.

"On arrival, North Attleborough was first in. They had flames in the air 40 feet, so it was a significant fire," said Mansfield Fire Chief Neal Boldrighini.

State police say the driver of the pickup truck, who was speeding in the breakdown lane, died at the scene. Police identified him as 24-year-old Omar Barrientos of Providence.

The tractor-trailer driver, a 56-year-old man from Providence, refused medical treatment at the scene.

Boldrighini said fighting such a big fire on the highway was extremely challenging.

“What we have is a situation where we really are on an island, so there's no water supply," he said, adding that surrounding communities came to the aid of North Attleborough and Mansfield crews.

"Plainville, Wrentham, and Rayhnam were all here because we needed tanker operations."

Boldrighini said the tractor-trailer was carrying home goods to a store. Fire crews had to use about 20,000 to 25,000 gallons of water as well as foam to fight the flames.

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