North Attleboro, MA - On Friday February 22, an eight-vehicle crash in North Attleboro halted traffic on I-95 North just before 6:30 a.m. The Sun Chronicle reported that the accident began on I-95 South when a Toyota Corolla travelling in the right lane ran into a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, sending both vehicles across the median and into oncoming traffic on the northbound side.
“Following that collision, both vehicles traveled to the left, across the median, and entered the northbound travel lanes, striking and/or causing collisions with six other vehicles,” the State Police said in a statement. Eight vehicles were involved in the accident which took place between exits 5 and 6.
The driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 29-year-old Roslindale woman, and her passenger, a 25-year-old Brockton woman, were seriously injured and rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. One of the women was trapped in the car; firefighters were able to free her in less than 10 minutes.
Several others were taken to either Rhode Island Hospital in Providence or Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro to have their injuries assessed by medical personnel.
Officials closed the north side of the highway, as well as one lane on the south side, for about an hour while medical teams responded and state highway crews cleaned up the debris. Traffic was re-routed from Exit 5.
The highway closure created a long traffic jam for morning commuters. State police urged drivers to use an alternate route. Lanes of traffic on I-95 North were clear by approximately 8:30 a.m., two hours after the accident.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. State police were assisted by several local police departments.