Truck driver killed in I-91 crash identified by Massachusetts State Police

Police closed on-ramps in Longmeadow and Enfield to prevent traffic from building up

Photo Courtesy: Massachusetts State Police

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The line painting project on I-91 in Springfield contributed to a deadly accident involving two tractor trailers and three other vehicles.

Massachusetts State Police told 22News the accident happened at around 7 A.M. Saturday, near the second mile marker on I-91 North in Longmeadow. One tractor trailer hit the back of another tractor trailer, and then hit several other passenger vehicles who were all slowing down because of the line painting traffic backup. The tractor trailer went through the guardrail and into the median.

The driver of the first tractor trailer was killed. Massachusetts State Police later identified him as 33-year-old Anthony Gentile from Thomaston, Connecticut, Three other people suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Inside the ripped open tractor trailer – bottles of shampoo that spilled onto the road.

I-91 North was shut down for nine hours. State police closed the on-ramps for I-91 North in Longmeadow and Enfield, rerouting northbound traffic off Exit 49 to Route 5, to prevent more traffic from building up.

Lanes were cleared and reopened at around 4 P.M.