State Police Investigating Serious Crash in Charlton

Massachusetts State Police Release–01052012–State Police Investigating Serious Crash in Charlton

Today at 9:40 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 20 East, east of Sullivan Road in Charlton, that seriously injured one driver.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Luis DeJesus indicates a 2009 Kia Optima, being operated by 61-year-old Donald Sacco of  Springfield, was turning into a driveway when it was struck from behind by a 1999 Freightliner tractor being operated by 53-year-old Henry Fontaine of Webster. Sacco was transported to UMass Worcester by medical helicopter with serious injuries. Fontaine was not injured in the crash. The helicopter landed in the parking lot of Zorba’s Restaurant in Charlton.

The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop C 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 State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Charlton Fire Department, and the Department of Transportation’s Highway Division.

Fontaine was charged with following too close and failure to use care in stopping. The investigation continues and further charges are possible.

During the crash investigation and rescue efforts, Route 20 was closed for approximately two hours and a detour was put in place.

No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.