Mass. Pike lanes reopened after fatal crash in Blandford

A Bronx, N.Y. man was killed in a four-vehicle crash Thursday in Blandford, according to State Police.

Authorities said the crash occurred around 2:40 a.m. on Interstate 90, claiming the life of Robert Epps, 41, who was driving a box truck.

“Preliminary investigation by Trooper Steffan Welch indicates that a 54-year-old man from Portsmouth, R.I., was traveling on I-90 Eastbound in a Volvo tandem tractor trailer when, for reasons still under investigation, the man lost control of his vehicle, causing it to crash into a 2010 International tractor trailer which was also traveling eastbound at the time,” troopers said in a statement. “Two other vehicles, a 2016 Isuzu box truck and a 2016 Dodge Ram pickup, were also struck as they traveled eastbound in that area.”


Epps, the Isuzu driver, “was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was subsequently pronounced deceased,” the release said. “The operator of the Volvo, the operator of the International, a 55-year-old man from Buffalo, N.Y., and the operator of the Dodge, a 55-year-old man from Houston, Texas, and his passenger, a 38-year-old woman, also from Houston, Texas, were all transported to Baystate Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.”

The eastbound lanes were temporarily closed due to the crash investigation and cleanup, and traffic had to be diverted at Exit 2, according to the State Police.

At 8:32 a.m. State Police tweeted that all the lanes had reopened.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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