A single-vehicle accident early Monday on the Massachusetts Turnpike led to a chain of events that left several people with serious injuries. Authorities say that a 26-year-old Brookline, Massachusetts, man lost control of his pickup, which rolled over after crashing into the median around 4:30 in the morning. He and a passenger in the pickup crawled out of the wreckage.
Massachusetts state police say that a car passed the overturned pickup, followed by a tractor trailer. The truck struck the pickup and one of the men who had crawled from the wrecked vehicle, leading to life threatening injuries for the pickup driver. The truck then struck the car that had already passed the rolled over pickup. The tractor trailer ran into the median guardrail before coming to a stop. The truck driver suffered serious injuries in the truck accident.
Two people who had been in the sedan, which was hit by the truck also suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. All of the accident victims were transported to the UMass Memorial in Worcester, Massachusetts, after the turnpike accident. The driver of the tractor trailer was flown to the hospital, while the other accident victims were transported via ground ambulance, according to the Worcester Telegram.
The turnpike chain-reaction accident occurred Monday morning near the Oxford-Charlton line.
When multiple vehicles are involved in a traffic accident, the issues related to determining fault can be complicated. When a chain of events leads to multiple people being injured, the number of pieces to the puzzle may be increased substantially leading to a more complex factual and legal analysis of what happened to cause each stage of the chain of events.
Source: Worcester Telegram, “5 injured in chain-reaction crash on Mass Pike in Oxford,” Linda Bock Jan. 13, 2014