CHARLTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike can expect to see more troopers patrolling the highway. State Trooper Nicole Morrell told 22News that troopers who recently graduated from the state police academy are joining the troopers already assigned to the Massachusetts Turnpike to do traffic enforcement along the area patrolled by the Charlton Barracks. She said the effort is already underway.
The Charlton barracks serves a long stretch of the Turnpike in both western and central Massachusetts, from Chicopee to Grafton. It was in this area that Trooper Thomas Clardy was recently struck by a car and killed while conducting a traffic stop. State police say that there have been numerous personal injury crashes in this area recently, some of which have involved speeding, distractive driving, and aggressive driving.
Morrell said that troopers will be patrolling the area using both marked and unmarked cruisers.