Two tractor-trailers among the vehicles inolved in accident

📸 Charlton Fire Department photos

CHARLTON — A multi-vehicle accident led to three individuals being taken to the hospital in the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning.

The accident occurred on the Massachusetts Turnpike at approximately 3:10 a.m., according to the Charlton Fire Department. Two passenger vehicles and two tractor-trailers were involved in the accident in the eastbound lane of the Pike, near mile marker 82. In a Saturday afternoon press release, the fire department stated one of the tractor-trailers was “totally blocking all lanes of the highway,” while the other had rolled over on its side in a breakdown lane. The unit on its side was reportedly carrying 48,000 pounds of refrigerated liquid carbon dioxide.

Fire officials reported three individuals were transported to the hospital with minor injuries by ambulances from Charlton, Southbridge, and Sturbridge.

In addition to firefighters and paramedics, a Tier 1 HazMat response was made and members of the Massachusetts Hazardous Materials Unit responded for monitoring and metering of the scene, the fire department reported. Also on scene was the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts State Police, and Interstate Towing, Inc.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the State Police. All Charlton Fire Department personnel and equipment cleared the scene at 10:48 a.m., more than seven hours after the accident occurred.

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