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Longmeadow tractor-trailer crash kills driver, injures three

The crash spilled bottles of shampoo and other debris for about 300 yards on the highway.
The crash spilled bottles of shampoo and other debris for about 300 yards on the highway.Mass. State Police/Twitter

A crash involving two tractor-trailers and four cars on Interstate 91 in Longmeadow Saturday morning left one driver dead, several injured, and hundreds of bottles of shampoo spilled on the highway, according to State Police.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. on the northbound lane, when the driver of a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of another tractor-trailer that had slowed because of a line-painting project a few miles ahead in Springfield, State Police said in a release.

The Peterbilt’s driver, a 33-year-old man from Thomaston, Conn., was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police said. His identity was not released, pending notification of his family.


After striking the 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer, the driver continued northbound, striking four cars that had also reduced speed because of the painting project, the release stated.

The Peterbilt hit a 2010 Honda CRV, a 2017 Toyota Corolla, a 2011 Nissan Rogue, and a 2015 Honda Pilot before it crashed through a guardrail and stopped on a median, according to State Police.

Three motorists sustained minor injuries. Two were taken to an area hospital. The driver of the Freightliner was not injured, State Police said.

The highway was closed at Exit 49 in Enfield, Conn., while State Police investigated, and crews cleaned up a 300-yard stretch of roadway covered with shampoo, which had been carried by the Peterbilt, and debris from the crash.

The highway reopened to traffic around 4 p.m.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Jacob Geanous can be reached at jacob.geanous@globe.com