A crash on Interstate 195 in Westport left three dead Wednesday morning, according to state police.
At about 8:12 a.m., troopers responded to a multivehicle crash on I-195 East, between exits 10 and 11. According to a preliminary investigation, police say a Dodge Caravan livery (for-hire)vehicle driving westbound crossed the median, hitting a BMX 328i traveling eastbound.
The vehicles collided head on and resulted in three deaths.
Those fatalities include two occupants of the livery vehicle and one from the BMW, a 23-year-old woman from New Bedford.
Two other passengers in the BMW were injured, a 25-year-old man from Fall River and a male toddler from New Bedford.
The man was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and the toddler to Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Police are not releasing victim identities at this time or the name of the company that owns the livery vehicle.
After its initial impact with the BMW, the Dodge rolled over, according to police. Then, a Subaru Outback traveling eastbound on I-195 struck the BMW and caught on fire.
The Subaru driver, a 27-year-old man from Vermont, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.
Two other eastbound vehicles also suffered minor damage from the impacts of the initial crash, including an Audi A4 operated by a 34-year-old Fall River man and a Chevrolet Suburban operated by a 73-year-old Rhode Island man.
The Fall River man suffered minor injuries and was transported to Charlton Hospital.
State police continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash, including why the livery vehicle crossed the median strip.
The eastbound side of I-195 and the left lane of the westbound side were closed Wednesday morning. The westbound left lane opened to traffic at about 9:15 a.m.