Six injured in chain-reaction crash on Mass. Pike

FRAMINGHAM – A Massachusetts State Trooper was one of six people injured in a six-vehicle chain reaction crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike on Tuesday.The unidentified trooper suffered “potentially incapacitating injuries” in the 11:12 a.m. crash on the Mass. Pike east near Exit 12. The most seriously injured person was a 54-year-old Hudson man, who was driving a pickup truck. He was taken by a medical rescue helicopter to UMass-Memorial Medical Center. A state police spokesman said the man’s condition is not known. The crash occurred around 11:12 a.m. A box truck, driven by a 56-year-old Pepperell man, rear-ended the Hudson man’s pickup truck, which burst into flames. The pickup was pushed into an SUV, which was forced into another SUV in front of it. That vehicle then struck a tractor trailer. One of the SUVs then was pushed into the side of the unmarked state police cruiser, according to police.

Both the driver and passenger in one of the SUVs, a man and a woman, both 66 of Charlton, were taken to UMass-Memorial by an ambulance with “incapacitating injuries.” A 46-year-old Worcester woman was driving the second SUV, was also taken to UMass-Memorial, but with less serious injuries. The box truck driver was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham with minor injuries. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.The crash tied up traffic on the Mass. Pike for more than an hour. At one point, traffic was stopped on both sides due to the helicopter landing. The traffic also affected Rte. 9 as many of the vehicles were diverted off the highway there.The crash remains under investigation, the state police said

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