Massive pile up on I290 in Worcester, Mass


Shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday, December 1, 2013, the temperature in Central Massachusetts dropped, turning precipitation into a freezing rain that created black ice on the elevated section of I-290 West.

In total, 65 vehicles, including two tractor-trailer trucks and two box trucks, were involved in a massive accident. About 60 non-injured people were evacuated from the highway by Worcester Regional Transit Authority buses. Thirty-five people who were injured were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Two people sustained serious injuries -- a pregnant woman and a man in his mid-30s.

22-year veteran of the state police Sgt. Stephen Marsh said the only reason the massive 65-vehicle pileup stopped after four-tenths of one mile was because people driving along the westbound side of I-290 were finally able to see the crashed vehicles as they began to drive over the crest of the hill near exit 14.

"The people in the cars under the tractor-trailers, by right, they should have been killed," said Marsh. "The cars’ roofs were caved into the steering wheels, the fire department had to cut roofs and doors off. Miraculously these people survived."

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TFK_DIRT24D site profile image  

12/1/13 11:38 PM by TFK_DIRT24D

Hahahaha. mass is my home state as well too I actually grew up about 10 minutes from worcester. hopefully nobody was seriously hurt. I'm laughing because I have friend who is department of transportation emergency response who probably was on that scene all day long

Swimfan13 site profile image  

12/1/13 11:37 PM by Swimfan13

That's crazy!!! I went to school in Worcester, MA (Holy Cross). I used to ride on I-290 all the time. Hopefully there aren't too many serious injuries!!!

Mookie 3:16 site profile image  

12/1/13 11:33 PM by Mookie 3:16

Yeah that's awful.   Massachusetts is my home state.  I am orginally from Massachusetts.  I was born and raised there.  About an hour from Worcester is where I am from and grew up.  I am from Massachusetts originally.

RKing85 site profile image  

12/1/13 11:20 PM by RKing85

we had a 31 car accident here over the weekend. Fog turned the roads to shit.

AdmiralCackbar site profile image  

12/1/13 11:08 PM by AdmiralCackbar

Another video

DeathByTriangle site profile image  

12/1/13 9:15 PM by DeathByTriangle

Roads were deceivingly icy as fuck today. I slipped on my way to work and saw a few accidents myself... Not too far from 290

Cletus Redpecker III site profile image  

12/1/13 8:50 PM by Cletus Redpecker III

Massachusetts huh?Shoulda had an MR2.

Jack Carter site profile image  

12/1/13 8:40 PM by Jack Carter

What most likely happened? One car sliding or crashing caused everyone else to slam on their brakes which made them all slide and crash as well?   The other side of the freeway is fine. Nobody is skidding and crashing.    

clattymine site profile image  

12/1/13 8:33 PM by clattymine

God damn! Black ice I'm guessing.

BarkLikeADog site profile image  

12/1/13 8:25 PM by BarkLikeADog

Jean-Luc Godard, right?