Manchester man killed in crash at Bedford tolls

Photo by Jeffrey Hastings The wreckage of the vehicle that crashed into the Bedford toll booth Sunday evening lies in the road as state police begin their investigation.

BEDFORD – A Manchester man was pronounced dead Sunday night at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of the Everett Turnpike at the Bedford tolls.

State police said Monday that Zachary Mattson, 22, sustained fatal injuries in the crash, which was reported around 6:15 p.m.

Preliminary indications are that Mattson was driving a 2004 Saab sedan south on the Everett Turnpike, reportedly at a high rate of speed, when it crashed into a cement barrier in a lane that was closed at the time.

Witnesses told police that the vehicle rolled several times after striking the barrier, and that Mattson was ejected.

The impact caused parts of the vehicle to break off, creating a large debris field that included numerous items that were in the car.

A representative of the state Medical Examiner’s office responded to the scene and pronounced Mattson dead, according to police.

State police say a preliminary investigation shows that speed was likely a factor in the crash, but members of Troop B continue their investigation.

Three lanes of the turnpike were closed for several hours for the on-scene investigation, and to allow crews to clear debris.

Police ask that anyone with additional information contact Trooper Eric Torrens at 223-3622.

-DEAN SHALHOUP