BERLIN (CBS) – Part of Interstate 495 was shut down in Berlin for the morning rush hour after four trucks crashed early Tuesday morning.
State Police said three tractor-trailers and a pickup truck collided in the southbound lanes just after 3 a.m. and one of the tractor-trailers caught fire.READ MORE: Northeast Metro Tech Football Player Seriously Injured During Saturday Game
Three people were taken to the hospital, but their injuries were said to be “non-life threatening,” according to State Police spokesman Dave Procopio. Fuel spilled onto the road and the cleanup of the wreckage took more than six hours.
The pickup truck was pulling a horse trailer, Procopio said, but there were no horses in it at the time of the crash.
“We heard a loud boom that kind of shook the house, I thought it was lightning,” said Jay Omobono, who lives near the crash site off the highway. “I went and looked outside the window and I just saw this ball of fire.”
“I was worried about the first responders,” Omobono told WBZ-TV. “Pretty incredible that the person got out of that because it was a pretty large fire.”
All three southbound lanes of Interstate 495 were initially shut down at exit 26 and traffic was diverted onto Route 62 in Berlin for rush hour.READ MORE: Longtime Watertown Grocery Store Russo’s Officially Closes
One lane of traffic was re-opened just after 6 a.m. as the cleanup continued, but there were heavy delays in both directions.
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) November 5, 2019
All lanes re-opened around 9:30 a.m.
There’s still no word yet on what caused the crash or if any charges will be filed.MORE NEWS: Boch Center Becomes 1st Performing Arts Center In Boston To Offer On-Site Rapid COVID Tests
“There has been other crashes there, minor ones, but it seems to be a place where a lot of things happen,” Omobono said.