A deadly accident involving a tandem tractor trailer, another tractor trailer, a box truck, and a pickup temporarily shut down a portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike Thursday morning.
According to Massachusetts State Police Media Relations, at around 2:40 A.M., the driver of the tandem tractor trailer lost control on the Mass Pike eastbound in Blandford, causing a crash with another tractor trailer, a box truck, and a pickup truck.
The victim of the deadly crash has been identified as 41-year-old Robert Epps, of Bronx, New York. He was driving the box truck involved in the crash.
Three other victims were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with minor injuries. They have been identified as a man from Buffalo, New York, and a man and woman from Houston, Texas.
Truck drivers told 22News that in icy conditions it’s all about safety.
“First drive safely. Drive slowly. Take distance,” Maldm Mudrinic said.
Another driver told 22News it’s better safe than sorry.
“I just look at the conditions and I feel if I can’t drive I pull over like I did last night went to sleep and wait until it clears up and keep it moving,” Fredric Welks Jr. said. “That’s pretty much how I see things out here. I don’t get in a hurry”
Due to weather conditions, state police lowered the speed limit on the Mass Pike to 40 mph.Tandem tractor trailers were not supposed to be traveling on the Mass Pike at the time of the crash.
State police and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office are still looking into what led up to the accident.
#MAtraffic I-90 E/B (mm 31) in #Blandford closed due to ongoing fatal crash investigation and clean up. Traffic being diverted at Exit 2. Details to follow.— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) February 21, 2019