Last Wednesday afternoon, a truck explosion in Tyngsborogh, Massachusetts injured three men. The truck’s driver was in critical condition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as of Thursday. Massachusetts state police said the truck’s two passengers were also injured. One of the injured truck passengerss was taken by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital and later moved to Brigham and Women’s in Boston. The other was treated at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for minor injuries.
The three men were headed south on Route 3 near Exit 35 when passing motorists warned the truck driver that the truck rear was smoking. The driver moved into the breakdown lane and tried to open the door, setting off a “combustible explosion,” according to police. Equipment fell over and ignited other supplies in the back of the truck, according to a spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s office.
The Fire Marshall’s Office considers the incident an accident. The truck explosion is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.