AUBURN, Mass. (WWLP) – One person has died and four others were injured following a three-vehicle crash on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn Thursday morning.

A preliminary investigation by State Police found that around 7:25 a.m., a 23-year-old man from Columbus, Ohio driving a 2013 Mazda VST was traveling eastbound in Auburn when he swiped a 2020 Mazda CX5 driven by a 60-year-old Sturbridge man. The Mazda CX5 then drove through a guardrail and down an embankment.

The Mazda VST then rear-ended a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 41-year-old woman from Rhode Island. The Ohio man was taken to UMass Memorial Hospital-Lakeside where he later died from his injuries. Three passengers in his vehicle were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The Sturbridge man was taken to Saint Vincent Hospital for his injuries in the crash as well. The driver of the Jeep was uninjured in the accident.


The right and middle lanes were closed by State Police for approximately three hours. State Police are still investigating the accident.