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Ice flew off of a moving commercial box truck and smashed through the windshield of another vehicle on Route 3 in Burlington Thursday, seriously injuring the driver and leaving two passengers— including a young child— with minor injuries, officials said.

The driver, a 40-year-old Newton man, was traveling northbound in a 2019 Dodge 1500 pickup truck on Route 3, south of Exit 26, in Burlington around 11:30 a.m. Thursday when ice hit his vehicle, slamming into his face, officials said.

“Large piece or pieces of ice flew off the roof of a box truck that was traveling ahead of the pickup. The ice smashed through the windshield on the driver’s side, causing the injuries," Massachusetts State Police said in a statement.


The driver had serious facial lacerations and was taken to Mass General in an ambulance, Burlington firefighters said in a statement.

The front seat passenger, a 38-year-old Newton woman, had minor injuries and a 3-year-old boy sustained minor facial lacerations while in the back seat of the pickup truck. Both were taken to Mass General, officials said.

A 1-and-half-year-old girl who was also in the backseat was not injured, but was still taken to Mass General for precautionary reasons, police said.

Trooper John Ciszek pulled the box truck over in Chelmsford several minutes after the incident with help from a witness who had followed the box truck, police said.

Police said the box truck’s operator, a 55-year-old man from Litchfield, N.H., was issued warnings for having an unsecured load and impeded operation.

“The operator was cooperative and stated that he was unaware of the presence ice on the roof of the truck,” police said.

State Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Caroline Enos can be reached at caroline.enos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineEnos.