FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – All lanes heading east and westbound on the Mass Pike in Framingham have been reopened following a multi-vehicle crash involving a state police cruiser.
According to Massachusetts State Police, lanes were temporarily closed so that a medical helicopter could land to take one person with serious injuries to the hospital.
Spokesman of the Massachusetts State Police David Procopio told 22News the crash involving a box truck, a tractor trailer, two sport utility vehicles, a pickup truck, and an unmarked State Police cruiser, happened around 11:12 a.m. on the eastbound side near Exit 12.
Procopio said further investigation into the crash revealed that the chain reaction crash began when the box truck hit the rear of the pick-up truck. The collision caused the pick-up to burst into flames, pushing it into a vehicle in front of it.
That third vehicle was then pushed into another vehicle which was then pushed into the trailer. During those incident’s, Procopio told 22News one of the vehicles pushed into the side of the State Troopers cruiser.
Procopio explained that a 54-year-old man from Hudson was taken to UMass Medical Center by helicopter. The driver and passenger of one of the SUV’s involved were both described as 66-years-old individuals from Charlton. They too were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries along with a 46-year-old woman from Worcester.
State Police Trooper Dustin Fitch told 22News the trooper involved in the crash was hurt, but does not have serious injuries.
Another vehicle operator, a 56-year-old Pepperell man, was taken by ambulance to Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham with minor injuries as well.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 57-year-old Springfield man, was not injured.
The crash continues to remain under investigation by multiple State Police specialized units.