The following is a press release from the Massachusetts State Police.
Last night at about 11:25 p.m. troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Foxboro received numerous calls for a motorcycle crash on Route 495 northbound, at Exit 12, in Mansfield. On arrival troopers found a 50-year-old man had crashed his motorcycle onto the roadway. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael Lokitis indicates the motorcycle operator rapidly decelerated when traffic unexpectedly slowed to a stop on the highway.
Evidence indicates that the operator, identified as John Wallace of Deering, N.H., lost control of his 2009 Harley Davidson and crashed into the roadway, causing fatal injuries. Wallace was pronounced deceased on scene. Wallace was returning to his hotel from the Country Music Festival at the time of the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
The investigation is being conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit. Also assisting at the scene were the Mansfield Fire Departments and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Highway Division.
The right lanes were closed until about 2:05 a.m. to accommodate the rescue response and crash investigation.
The victim from the motorcycle crash was coming from the Comcast Center, not the Country Music Festival as originally reported. We apologize for the error and the confusion.
No further information is available at this time.