Icy conditions, massive crash in Worcester cause road closures


WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Icy road conditions overnight and early Sunday morning led to multiple car accidents in the central part of Massachusetts, including a massive accident that caused three tractor trailers and more than 70 cars, according to Mass. State Police.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., state police tweeted that more than 70 cars, two tractor trailers and a box truck piled up on a 1,500-foot stretch of I-290 westbound. A trooper responded to calls of crashes in the area at around 6:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Stephen Marsh.

Police closed the road and for most of the morning while cars were towed away and the roads were cleaned up. All westbound lanes were reopened just after 11:30 a.m. The eastbound side of the highway remained open throughout the morning.

Between 35 and 40 people were taken to three area hospitals, Marsh said. Two of those people had serious injuries.

Crashes were also reported around I-190 and the Quinsigamond Bridge area, according to police.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation was treating the icy roads, and asked people to avoid driving in the area if they could, as roads were still slick.

In other parts of the state, a section of Route 9 was closed, and accidents were reported on Routes 2, 9, and 146 as well as I-495, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.