Drivers say exits needed on I-90 after deadly accident in Blandford

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A 61-year-old man from Shrewsbury died Wednesday after his car struck a tractor trailer that had turned around on the Mass Pike in Blandford. 

According to State Police Media Relations, the driver of a tractor trailer was traveling on I-90 westbound just before 5:30 when they had turned around using an emergency exit to get onto the eastbound side. 

That’s when a car collided with the truck, killing the driver of a 2015 Ford Mustang. 

There are no exits for 30 miles on the Mass Pike between Westfield and Lee.

22News spoke with drivers at the service plaza on the Mass Pike in Blandford who told 22News the lack of exits on this stretch of the highway is concerning to them. 

“It’s just such a long stretch, even if there is an emergency,” said Audrey Szczesiul.
If you’re driving and you’re ill how do you get off to seek help?”

One driver said the state could invest in exits along this portion of the pike.

“Could prevent this from happening ever again,” said Nicholas Dono. “I mean the odds it happens again.. I’m not sure but could prevent other delays.”

Lt. Richard Gawron of Troop B in Westfield told 22News that under a civil motor vehicle offense, making an illegal u-turn could result in a $50 fine, while a criminal offense, like driving to endanger could result in license suspension or more serious consequences. 

State police and MassDOT are still looking into this incident.

No charges have been filed at this time. 
 

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