Two people were seriously hurt in a Monday crash on Massachusetts Route 1 in Revere, state police said Tuesday.
The crash involved a tractor-trailer and five other cars around 2:20 p.m. on the northbound side of the highway before Route 60.
A Peabody couple in one of the cars, a 44-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.
Initially, police said there were injuries in the crash, but updated later Monday afternoon to say that one person was seriously hurt.
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Investigators found that the tractor-trailer, a 2019 Volvo operated by a 59-year-old Kingston, N.H., man, rear-ended a 2006 Ford Five Hundred sedan that was being driven by the Peabody couple in the left lane of the northbound side of the highway.
The impact caused a chain reaction of collisions between the Ford, a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan sport utility vehicle driven by a 48-year-old Danvers man, a 2014 Subaru Outback driven by a 43-year-old Newburyport man, a 2013 Nissan Altima driven by a 39-year-old Danvers man, and a 2013 Honda Accord driven by a 32-year-old Medford man with a 31-year-old passenger also from Medford.
The occupants of the Ford Five Hundred, one of whom was entrapped and was extricated from the car by Revere firefighters, sustained serious injuries. The drivers of the tractor-trailer and the Tiguan were not injured. The people in the Outback, Altima and Accord – four in all – were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.
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The crash remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County.
The result of that investigation will determine if criminal charges will be sought. The tractor-trailer is owned by Velez Brothers Trucking of Danvers. Multiple lanes on both sides of Route 1 were closed for nearly two hours to accommodate the rescue response and investigation.