BOSTON (CBS) — Emergency crews had a busy Friday morning as the first major snowstorm of the season caused havoc on Massachusetts roads.
“Troopers throughout the state have been responding to numerous minor crashes, spin-outs, and roll-overs,” Massachusetts State Police tweeted.
While most storm-related crashes did not result in serious injuries, police said that a driver was killed sometime before 7:30 a.m. after going off the road on Route 140 North in Freetown. The driver, 45-year-old Jason Saccocia of New Bedford, was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers investigating the crash said the heavy snow is believed to be a “main contributing factor.”
Gov. Charlie Baker had urged drivers to stay home and use public transportation if possible during the storm. But the journey wasn’t easy for T riders either.
An MBTA bus spun out on the Mass Pike westbound in Boston at about 7 a.m. after striking the median barrier. Three traffic lanes were blocked, causing delays, but there were no injuries.
Earlier in the morning in Duxbury, the fire department shared a photo of a car that nearly went into the woods off a snow-covered King Phillips Path.
“The roads are extremely slippery, drive with caution,” the department tweeted.
— Duxbury Fire PIO (@DXFD_PIO) January 7, 2022
The state had nearly 2,500 pieces of snow and ice equipment deployed Friday morning.
“PLEASE stay off the roads this morning if you can,” the traffic safety team at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said. “@Massdot crews and plows are out and need room to work.”