The drivers of a car and a dump truck are dead after the vehicles collided on Massachusetts Route 16 in Uxbridge Wednesday, authorities said.

The driver of the fully-loaded truck was taken to Milford Hospital after what is believed to be a head-on crash, police said, but Worcester County prosecutors late confirmed that the had died.

The road, which is also Mendon Street, is closed between Rockmeadow Road and Blackstone Street, police said. Drivers are asked to find an alternate route.

Uxbridge police Chief Marc Montminy said it’s not yet clear what caused the crash, but that investigators believe one of the vehicles veered into the other’s path. Police are interviewing people believed to have witnessed the collision.

The truck ended up in the woods beside the road, and workers spent hours trying to remove it. The front of the car, a Hyundai, was crushed.

Montminy said it was unusual to have a head-on crash on the stretch of road where it took place, given that it’s straight and has moderate speed limits.

He didn’t identify either of the drivers.


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