CHARLTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police are investigating a multi-vehicle accident that happened on the Mass Pike, Tuesday afternoon, where a tractor trailer hit a car.
According to State Police, around 1:40 p.m., troopers from the Charlton Barracks went to Interstate 90 westbound at the 79 mile marker in Charlton for a three-vehicle accident.
While troopers investigated, the three vehicles involved in the accident were on the right lane; a 2014 Freightliner tractor trailer truck driven by 43-year-old Matthew Norman of Harrisburg, PA, a 2014 Toyota Rav4 driven by 22-year-old Sousanna Oganesian of New Brunswick, NJ, and a 2011 Toyota Camry driven by 60 year-old Anthony Reilly of Portland, Maine.
Police said after the initial crash, a 2007 Freightliner tractor trailer driven by 51-year-old Richard Rivera of Springfield, changed lanes and hit the Camry. Reilly was not wearing a seat belt, and was thrown from the car. His passenger, a 64 year-old Susan Camardo of Portland, was trapped inside the car. The tractor trailer then overturned in the roadway.
Both Reilly and Camardo were taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester by ambulance. Camardo died after arriving at the hospital, while Reilly is still in the hospital being treated for injuries that state police say are potentially deadly. None of the other drivers were injured.
The crash closed most of the roadway, allowing only the left travel lane to get by until just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Backups from the crash extended more than 14 miles and affected the evening commute coming out of Boston.
Troopers from the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office are assisting with the investigation. Charlton Fire Department and MassDOT also helped at the crash site.
State police are still looking into the circumstances leading up to the crash.