FRAMINGHAM -- Six people were hospitalized, including a Pepperell man and a state trooper, following a chain-reaction crash involving six vehicles on the Massachusetts Turnpike around 11:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The 56-year-old Pepperell man, the operator of a box truck believed to have started the chain-reaction crash, was taken by ambulance to Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham with non-incapacitating injuries, State Police Media Relations Officer Dave Procopio stated.

The trooper, a 46-year-old male, suffered potentially incapacitating injuries and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Procopio said.

A preliminary investigation into the crash indicates the box truck struck the rear of a pickup truck, driven by a 54-year-old Hudson man, causing the pickup to burst into flames. The Hudson man's pickup was pushed into another vehicle that was then propelled into a tractor trailer, operated by a 57-year-old Springfield man, who was uninjured.

During the chain-reaction sequence, a sports utility vehicle was pushed into the side the unmarked state police cruiser, Procopio stated.

The 54-year-old Hudson man driving the pickup truck was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.

Also injured in the crash were a man and woman, both 66, and both of Charlton, who were taken by ambulance to UMass Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.

A 46-year-old Worcester woman was also taken to UMass Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries, according to Procopio.


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The crash remains under investigation by Troop E and multiple State Police specialized units.

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