Major Crashes On 95, 495 Causing Heavy Traffic Delays

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Highway crashes have caused major delays on the roadways Wednesday afternoon.

In Littleton, MA, emergency crews responded to a hazmat situation after a tractor trailer struck a car and rolled over on I-495 South.

According to MassDOT and Massachusetts State Police, The crash occurred near Exit 31 around 2:30 p.m. 

Police say the tanker truck was carrying nearly 10,000 gallons of heating oil which leaked out on the roadway.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Lana Jones reports that someone was extricated from the crash scene and placed in a Med Flight helicopter.

Police say that a Ford Focus driven by a 41-year old man from Salisbury, MA was changing lanes and collided with the tractor-trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer attempted to brake and avoid a crash rolled then coming to rest on top of the car.

The man in the car was trapped, removed and transported by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial in Worcester with serious, life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 52-year-old man from Gardner,MA, was also transported to the same hospital in Worcester with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

While all lanes southbound were initially closed,  with the left lane being opened at approximately 4:26 p.m. Police were still on scene.

The crash caused a 14-mile backup from the crash site all the way to Lowell from the north and to Route 2 from the south.

Earlier in on I-95 in Boxford,MA  a 5-car crash stopped traffic in both directions near Topsfield Road.

Massachusetts State Police said the crash occurred around 1:31 p.m. 

They say that a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by a 54-year-old woman from Bradford,MA  was traveling I-95 northbound, and for reasons still under investigation, crossed the median into the southbound lanes, sideswiped a 2018 Nissan Altima driven by a 68-year-old man from Naples, Florida, then struck a 2015 Toyota Corolla driven by a 32-year-old man from Everett, MA.

The traffic was stopped to allow a Med Flight helicopter to respond.

Police also say that The driver of the Jeep sustained serious, life-threatening injuries and was transported to Boston Medical Center by helicopter. The driver of the Toyota and passenger of the Nissan sustained minor injuries and were both transported to Beverly Hospital. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

The roadway was eventually reopened but left residual delays southbound.

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