Two tractor-trailer crashes briefly close I-495 in Berlin and Mass. Pike in Palmer

The scene of the crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 495 in Palmer.
The scene of the crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 495 in Palmer.Massachusetts State Police

A portion of Interstate 495 southbound in Berlin was closed for hours Tuesday morning following a multi-truck crash there just after 3 a.m., authorities said.

At 9:31 a.m., the Massachusetts Department of Transportation tweeted that the crash scene had been cleared and all travel lanes had reopened to traffic.

The crash had involved three tractor-trailers and a pickup truck, and it resulted in one of the tractor-trailers catching on fire, according to State Police. Fuel also spilled onto the roadway.

Three people were taken to area hospitals with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The pickup truck involved in the crash was towing an empty horse trailer. No horses were in the trailer at the time of the crash, State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said.


“Investigation into and reconstruction of the crash is ongoing,” he said.

State Police also reported that a separate crash closed the eastbound lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Palmer around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. That crash involved a tractor-trailer and a box truck, and there were no reports of injuries. Eastbound Pike traffic was temporarily diverted onto Route 20 at Exit 8 after the crash, and at 8:23 a.m. State Police tweeted that the lanes had reopened to traffic.

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