Traffic backed up for miles on Pike after Grafton crash

By Martin Finucane
Globe Staff / August 6, 2010

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Traffic backed up for miles in both directions on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Central Massachusetts after a pickup truck smashed into a tractor-trailer that was stopped in the breakdown lane this morning on the eastbound side in Grafton, State Police said.

State Police closed both sides of the highway after the 9:21 a.m. crash so a medical helicopter could transport an injured driver to the hospital. The westbound side of the road was reopened, but a 2-mile backup had formed, State Police said in a statement released shortly after 11 a.m.

On the eastbound side, the middle and left lanes were initially reopened, then all the lanes were reopened at about 12:30 p.m. An 8-mile backup formed, State Police said in an update at about 1 p.m.

State Police said the driver of the Toyota Tundra pickup suffered serious injuries. State Police crime scene and accident reconstruction experts were poring over the scene.

It was the second major accident today on the stretch of road. Earlier, a tractor-trailer hauling corn caught fire on the road, about a mile away from the current crash, State Police said.

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