MANSFIELD – A two-car accident sent three adults and five children to the hospital with serious injuries, Saturday afternoon.
The accident, that happened just before 3 p.m., closed Interstate-495 northbound for at least 45 minutes so two medical helicopters could land and transport two of the victims to Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts State Police officials said.
The crash started when a 53-year-old driver in a 2012 Lexus lost control of her car and veered into the break down lane. When she attempted to enter the right travel lane, she struck the rear of a 2014 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle with two adults and five children inside. The accident happened south of Exit 13, police said.
“The two vehicles rolled over several times before coming to a rest in the woods,” police said.
The driver of the Lexus and a 44-year-old woman from Dudley, were flown to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries. A 42-year-old man, also from Dudley, and all five children were seriously injured and brought to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance, police said.
The driver of the Lexus was alone in the car. She lives in Plainfield, police said.
None of the victims’ names were released immediately.
Traffic was backed up for miles because of the accident. The highway was fully opened at about 5:10 p.m., police said.
The cause of the crash is being investigated by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Crime Scene Services Section. State Police were assisted at the scene by the Mansfield Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, the Foxboro Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.