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MANSFIELD — The driver of a 2009 Lexus sedan died early Thanksgiving morning when the vehicle went off Interstate 495 into a tree, according to fire and police officials.

The victim, identified as a 39-year-old man from Rumford, R.I., was the lone occupant of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash, Fire Chief Justin Desrosiers said.

The accident occurred about 5:20 a.m. on I-495 South, just before the Route 140 exit.

Troopers assigned to State Police-Foxboro barracks, along with Mansfield and other local firefighters and troopers from the State Police-Middleboro barracks, responded and assisted.

The left and middle lanes of I-495 southbound were closed until about 7:30 a.m. for crash reconstruction and cleanup.

The exact cause and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police along with the Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and the Troop H State Police Detective Unit, according to a police press release.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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