Valantein Burson, 31, of Fall River was driving a 2011 Infiniti G37 in the wrong direction, heading south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 495, state police said. She was killed when her vehicle struck a 2003 Mercury Sable traveling north.
The other victims were killed when the Mercury Sable burst into flames. State police have identified those four victims as Kraig Diggs, 20, of Paxton and Osterville, who was the driver; Jordan Galvin-Jutras, 19, of Hyannis; Jordan Fisher, 19, of Harwich; and Cory Licata, 18, of West Babylon, New York.
Diggs and Galvin-Jutras both attended Anna Maria College, a Catholic school in central Massachusetts. The school said in a statement that the entire college community "is devastated by the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of ... Jordan Galvin-Jutras and Kraig Diggs."
Relatives say Galvin-Jutras and Diggs were cousins and best friends.
Fisher and Licata both were students at Becker College in Worcester. In a statement, the school it was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of two of our students."
The crash remains under investigation. Police are trying to determine why and where Burson got on the wrong side of the highway and whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
With additional reporting from The Associated Press
This article was originally published on October 25, 2016.