Eight people were sent the hospital following a two-car accident Saturday afternoon on Route 495 North, south of Exit 13 in Mansfield.
An SUV carrying two adults and five children was struck by a 2012 Lexus RX driven by a 53-year-old Plainville woman around 3 p.m. Sept. 5, according to state police. Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Foxborough responded to the crash.
Preliminary investigation by State Trooper Christopher Booth indicates the Lexus was traveling north when the driver lost control of the car and veered into the breakdown lane.
The driver attempted to re-enter the right travel lane but hit the rear of a 2014 Nissan Armada, also traveling northbound, according to state police. The two cars rolled over several times before coming to rest in the woods.
The driver of the Lexus, who was alone, was taken by Med Flight to Massachusetts General with serious injuries, police said.
The Nissan Armada was occupied by seven passengers: two adults and five children. One adult, a 42-year-old male from Dudley and one child were transported from the scene by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. The second adult, a 44-year-old female from Dudley, was flown by Med Flight to Mass. General for serious injuries, and the other four children were transported by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.
The victims’ names had not been released.
Route 495 north was shut down for approximately 45 minutes for the two Med Flight transports. At approximately 5:10 pm, all three travel lanes were reopened.
The accident caused a serious traffic jam on the highway.
The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) and the Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS).
No charges have been filed at this time.
Source: Taunton Gazette