No deaths in 70-car pileup in Worcester

Multi-Vehicle Crash

In this photo provided by the Massachusetts State Police via Twitter, law enforcement officers work at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 290 caused by icy road conditions Sunday morning, Dec. 1, 2013, in downtown Worcester, Mass. About 50 vehicles, including three tractor-trailers, are involved in the I-290 pileup, according to the Worcester Telegram. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police) (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Freezing rain was blamed for highway pileups that sent dozens of people to the hospital Sunday morning in central and northern Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Police say a crash involving 65 cars and three tractor-trailers closed Interstate 290 in Worcester at about 7 a.m. About 35 to 40 people were taken to local hospitals. Two were seriously injured.

Both directions of the highway were reopened by 11:45 a.m., authorities said.

Sergeant Stephen Marsh compared the road to a sheet of ice.

"It was like if you went skating with your kids. It was that bad," he told The Boston Globe.

A State Police car was rear-ended and the trooper was forced to hurriedly return to her cruiser to avoid cars sliding toward her.

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory through 11 a.m. Sunday for much of western and central Massachusetts, northeast Connecticut and northwest Rhode Island. Police advised motorists returning home from the Thanksgiving holiday to wait until state highway crews treated the roads.

Michael Verseckes, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said crews treated roads Sunday morning but the road conditions deteriorated quickly.

"It came up suddenly and quickly and the number of crews we had just wasn't enough," he told The Telegram & Gazette.

Temperatures are forecast to rise into the 40s on Monday, keeping roads free of ice.

What do you think of this story?

Login to post comments

In order to make comments, you must create a subscription.

In order to comment on SunJournal.com, you must hold a valid subscription allowing access to this website. You must use your real name and include the town in which you live in your SunJournal.com profile. To subscribe or link your existing subscription click here.

Login or create an account here.

Our policy prohibits comments that are:

  • Defamatory, abusive, obscene, racist, or otherwise hateful
  • Excessively foul and/or vulgar
  • Inappropriately sexual
  • Baseless personal attacks or otherwise threatening
  • Contain illegal material, or material that infringes on the rights of others
  • Commercial postings attempting to sell a product/item
If you violate this policy, your comment will be removed and your account may be banned from posting comments.

Advertisement

Comments

Steve  Dosh's picture

No deaths in 70-car pileup in Worcester

Mainers , Cyber Monday 17:45 Mau'i time
For your pessimists in the crowd ; things have gotten better
No deaths • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_disasters_in_the_United_States_by_d...
hth , Dr. Dosh Melé Kalikimaka • 
" Newt Gingrich : the only air-bag ever saved by the U S Congress ."
?

Advertisement

Stay informed — Get the news delivered for free in your inbox.

I'm interested in ...