Last week, an auto accident in Central Massachusetts caused traffic headaches for turnpike drivers in both directions. The crash occurred when a pickup truck reportedly hit a tractor-trailer that was stopped in the breakdown lane on the eastbound side of the turnpike.
The driver of the Toyota Tundra pickup sustained serious injuries, and state police closed both sides of the highway to make way for a medical helicopter. According to a statement released just after 11am that morning, a 2-mile backup had formed by the time the westbound side of the road was reopened. In an update released that afternoon, police said that all lanes were reopened around 12:30pm and an 8-mile backup had formed.
Earlier that day, another serious traffic accident had occurred when a tractor-trailer hauling corn caught fire.