FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – A multi-vehicle crash involving a Massachusetts State Police cruiser briefly shut down all lanes on the Mass Pike in Framingham Tuesday morning.
State Police said just after 11 a.m. that the crash occurred on the eastbound side of the highway by Exit 12.
The trooper was injured, but not seriously, a state police spokesman said. Other drivers also suffered injuries, including one that was serious, police said.
A medical helicopter also landed at the scene, requiring the temporary closure of westbound lanes. All lanes were reopened as of 12:41 p.m., police said.
The chain reaction crash involved a box truck, tractor trailer, two sport utility vehicles, a pickup truck, and an unmarked State Police cruiser.
It appears that the box truck, driven by a 56-year-old Pepperell man, started the crash when it struck the back of a pickup truck driven by a 54-year-old Hudson man. That man suffered the most serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.
Impact caused the pickup truck to burst into flames and pushed it into another vehicle. That vehicle then hit another, which was pushed into the tractor trailer.
One of the SUVs pushed into the side of a State Police cruiser. The trooper is a 46-year-old man assigned to the department’s Certification Unit. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital.