UPDATE on Mass Pike Crash
Today’s chain reaction serious crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham involved a box truck, a tractor trailer, two sport utility vehicles, a pickup truck, and an unmarked State Police cruiser.
The crash occurred at 11:12 am on he eastbound side near Exit 12.
The most serious incapacitating injuries were sustained by the operator of the pickup, a 54-year-old Hudson man, who was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.
The driver and passenger of one of the SUVs, a man and woman, both 66 and both of Charlton, were taken by ground ambulance to UMass Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.
The operator of the second SUV, a 46-year-old Worcester woman, was taken by ambulance to UMass Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries.
The operator of the box truck, a 56-year-old Pepperell man, was taken by ambulance to Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham with non-incapacitating injuries.
The Trooper, a 46-year-old male assigned to the department’s Certification Unit, suffered potentially incapacitating injuries and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 57-year-old Springfield man, was not injured.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the chain reaction crash began when the box truck struck the rear of the pickup truck. The impact caused the pick up to burst into flames, and pushed it into a vehicle in front of it. That vehicle was then pushed into another vehicle which was pushed into the trailer. During the chain reaction sequence one of the sport utility vehicles was also pushed into the side of the MSP cruiser.
The crash remains under investigation by Troop E of the Massachusetts State Police and multiple State Police specialized units.