Massachusetts State Police

Wrong-Way Driver Causes Fiery Crash on Mass. Pike in Weston

All lanes of the highway were initially closed, and traffic was diverted from the area

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A wrong-way driver crashed into a tractor trailer early Saturday morning on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Weston, causing the truck to burst into flames and several lanes of the highway to shut down, state police said.

Massachusetts State Police received a call around 3 a.m. reporting someone driving the wrong direction on Interstate 90. The vehicle was traveling west on the eastbound side of the highway when it struck the tractor trailer in the left lane, state police said.

All lanes of the highway were initially closed, and traffic was diverted from the area.

The right lanes of the highway opened around 6 a.m. but drivers were urged to continue avoiding the area. The left two eastbound and westbound lanes remained closed for clean up and removal of the burnt truck and debris, state police said.

Firefighters from Newton Fire Department could be seen hosing down the tractor-trailer, with the flames lighting up the night sky.

Images from the scene later showed the tractor trailer had been gutted by the fire, with only the truck's metal frame remaining. A crane was used to remove the charred wreckage from the roadway.

According to state police, the wrong-way driver suffered minor injuries and could face charges.

“Regarding charges, the investigation is ongoing,” state police said.

It was not immediately clear why the person was driving on the wrong side of the road, and their name has not been released.

An investigation is ongoing.

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