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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.”

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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.”

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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.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.