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One person is dead following an early morning crash on Route 13 in Mont Vernon. (Mont Vernon Police)

New Boston man killed in fiery Mont Vernon crash


MONT VERNON — Police have identified the driver who died in a single-car accident on Route 13 on Friday morning as Jason Vasquez, 31, of New Boston.

Vasquez was heading north on Route 13 near the intersection of Secomb Road just after 5 a.m. when his 2001 Honda Civic crossed the road and hit a large rock and a tree, according to Mont Vernon Police Chief Kyle Aspinwall. The vehicle was engulfed in flame when Mont Vernon police and firefighters arrived on the scene.

Route 13 between Secomb Road in Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough Road in Amherst was closed for most of the morning while police investigated the accident. It was reopened around 11 a.m.

Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene and Aspinwall said it appears he died almost immediately after the impact.

Aspinwall said the accident remains under investigation. It's unclear whether speed played a part in the accident and until toxicology reports come back, which could take weeks, police can't say whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

However, Aspinwall said there are strong indications that driver fatigue may have been a factor in the crash.

nfoster@newstote.com

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