Multiple drivers had to be extricated from vehicles

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com

Commuters and first responders had a difficult day on the highways and byways of southern Worcester County on Tuesday.

Of several reported accidents, the most notable was a five-vehicle crash on the Mass. Pike that resulted in westbound lanes being closed for more than one hour. The accident occurred in Auburn shortly before 4:30 p.m., at mile marker 89, just west of Exit 10, according to authorities. Among the five vehicles involved in the accident was a tractor trailer, a pick-up truck towing a boat, and a Honda CRV with Connecticut plates that had rolled over, and whose driver was stuck inside the vehicle. The pinned motorist, an unidentified female, was extricated through the use of hydraulic tools around 4:45 p.m. by members of the Auburn Fire & Rescue Department. She was transported to UMass Medical Center University Campus with non-life threatening injuries.

All lanes on the Mass. Pike westbound were re-opened by 6 p.m., and local first responders were cleared of the scene by approximately 6:30 p.m.

Around the same time as the accident in Auburn, Sturbridge officials reported an accident in the area of Route 148 by Warren Road. That accident led to a temporary road closure. The Sturbridge Fire Department said multiple 911 calls were placed at 4:14 p.m. to report a head-on accident between a pick-up truck and a SUV. Police reported that accident resulted in “minor injuries,” and the road was re-opened at approximately 5 p.m.

Earlier in the day, around mid-morning, first responders in Spencer descended on the area of 180 Charlton Road where slippery roads helped create another accident. The driver was trapped inside their white pick-up truck off the side of the roadway, ultimately having to be extricated by the Spencer Fire Department.

Also on Tuesday morning, State Police reported several crashes and spinouts in the Charlton area.

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