By Paul Burton

WESTBORO (CBS) — Donnamarie and Jim Floyd are thankful to be alive after a car going the wrong way on the Mass Pike nearly collided into them head-on.

“It didn’t really register until he went by its like ‘oh my gosh the guy’s going the wrong way on the Mass Pike,’” Donnamarie said.

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Just a few seconds later a deadly crash occurred creating a traffic jam for miles.

“I just swerved sharply. I cut across two lanes thankfully there was no one else on the pike next to me at the time and zoom the car just goes shooting by,” Jim said.

Jim and Donnmarie Floyd (WBZ-TV)

Jim and Donnmarie Floyd (WBZ-TV)

Police say the wrong way driver came onto Rte. 90 westbound heading east at exit 11A in Westborough. He crashed into three cars killing himself and injuring eight others including a juvenile.

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“I told my wife we could’ve just been killed there and now it settles in a day later that someone did die,” Jim said.

The wrong way driver is a 28-year-old man from Rutland. His name has not yet been released. Right now it’s not clear why the man was driving the wrong way.

The Floyds, who were on their home at the time, are thankful they were wearing seat belts. “We just pray of the families that they are OK,” Donnamarie said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Paul Burton