By Paul Tennant
---- — SALEM — An unidentified man was killed last night when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a guardrail on the southbound side of Interstate 93.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Salem fire Capt. John Brackett.
The crash, which happened between Exit 1 and the Massachusetts state line, was reported at 7:19 p.m., he said.
Late last night, state police refused to identify the driver or give other details. They said they were preparing a press release, but it was unavailable at press time.
The truck rolled over after crashing into the guardrail, Brackett said.
The vehicle was “completely destroyed,” he said.
The crash caused a large traffic jam. Police posted information on electronic highway message boards warning drivers about the crash and that the left two lanes would be closed as they approached the crash site, but drivers continued using the entire width of the highway, some even traveling in the breakdown lane.
That led to a traffic jam as drivers got close to the location of the crash, where all cars were forced into a single lane.
The late-model pickup truck was on a flatbed truck in the high-speed lane as drivers crept past it at 8:30 p.m.