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UPDATE: Victim still unnamed in fatal New Ipswich crash

NEW IPSWICH — A driver who was killed after a collision with a tree on Route 124 on Sunday night has not been conclusively identified, according to police.

On Sunday at approximately 10:30 p.m., police were alerted by a passing motorist to a crash on Route 124. While driving east, a pick-up truck with a single occupant went off the road and hit a tree, police said. A fire ensued and the driver did not survive.

According to Assistant Director at the State Fire Marshal’s Office John Raymond, the fire likely began upon impact with the tree, which crushed the cavity of the vehicle. The fire was mainly confined to the cab of the pick-up truck, said Raymond in an interview with the Ledger-Transcript on Monday. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has not yet determined what sparked the fire.

Police are not releasing the age or gender of the deceased, nor the make, model of the vehicle until after confirmation of identity and notification of next of kin.

Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are still investigating the cause of the accident, said Police Chief Tim Carpenter. Road conditions, with lingering snow or ice from the snowstorm the previous day, and speed were probable factors in the accident, he said.

There were no witnesses to the crash, said Carpenter. Police believe the crash was reported shortly after it occurred. The driver, who was not transported to the hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Carpenter.

Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact police at 878-2771.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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