The Associated Press

Police ID Victim In Highway Crash Caused By Mattress

BURLNGTON, Mass. — State police are looking for a truck that was carrying a mattress that fell onto Route 128 in Burlington and caused a fatal crash.

Police on Wednesday also released the names of the victims of the crash that occurred at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Fifty-six-year-old Frida Litvak of Framingham slammed on her brakes to avoid the twin mattress in the southbound lanes and was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by 43-year-old Andrew Lawendowski of Charlton.

Litvak died and Lawendowski suffered minor injuries. Both were wearing seat belts.

Police are looking for what they describe as a dump truck with a white cab and a dark bed that was carrying several mattresses. Two men were believed to be in the cab.

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  • Rick Rottweiler

    Finding the people responsible is a no-brainer. I saw the news cast and they showed
    the mattress and the paper wrapping on the highway. If they contacted the store where the mattress was sold they can trace the buyer from the wrapping information.

  • abcdefgqwerty

    I know its the person with the loose mattress’ fault, but I mean is it worth slamming on the breaks full tilt to avoid hitting a mattress? Hitting a mattress wont total your car or hurt you, but slamming on the breaks if a guy is right behind you could cause a big problem as seen here. Its also a reminder cars need frontal collision systems where the car reacts for you for stuff like this.

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