ANDOVER — A Pelham, N.H., man was killed in a three-car crash on Interstate 495 North this morning.

Lawrence Belodeau, 57, was a passenger in a car driven by Mark Neskey, 33, also of Pelham. The two were driving to work when a pickup truck driven by Stephen Hollins, 42, of Franklin, N.H., slammed into the Honda Civic they were riding in, state police said. The crash occurred at 7:25 a.m.

Traffic had slowed in the highway's right lane near Exit 40A where I-495 merges with Interstate 93, and Hollins couldn't stop before his truck crashed into Neskey's car, police said. The impact shot the Civic across three lanes of traffic before it came to rest in the median. It wasn't struck by any other cars as it skidded across the highway, police said.

Hollins' truck continued to travel forward in the right lane until it struck a Saturn Vue driven by Angela Klein, 31, of Nashua, N.H., police said.

It is unclear whether Belodeau was wearing a seat belt, state Trooper Eric Benson said. Belodeau was not thrown from the car. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Hollins, Neskey and Klein suffered minor injuries and were taken to Lawrence General Hospital. Neskey and Klein were wearing seat belts, police said. It's unclear whether Hollins was wearing one.

The crash forced the closure of all northbound lanes of I-495 for 15 minutes. The two right lanes of I-495 remained closed for nearly two hours.

The Andover Fire Department and MassHighway helped troopers at the scene.

Staff writer Margo Sullivan contributed to this report

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