AUBURN – A tractor-trailer, box truck and pickup collided just before 4 a.m. Saturday on the Massachusetts Turnpike, police said, shutting the three-lane eastbound side to two lanes for two hours, but causing no serious injuries.
According to Auburn Fire & Rescue, three drivers were taken by ambulance to Worcester hospitals. Auburn took one driver to St. Vincent Hospital. Charlton Fire and Sturbridge Fire each took a driver to UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.
About 125 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled. The state Departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation and the Auburn Water District were called to deal with the spill.
State Trooper Matt Guarino said Saturday night that investigators were still working to determine the cause of the accident. He said traffic backup was “minimal,” noting two lanes were open within two hours and the scene was cleared by 7:42 a.m.
Trooper Guarino said the two larger trucks collided first. One, a 2015 Hino with New York plates, was driven by a 46-year-old Roosevelt, New York, man. The second, a 2006 Freightliner, was driven by a 51-year-old man from Dallas, Georgia.
The third truck involved in the crash was a 2008 Ford F-150 driven by a 39-year-old Massachusetts man, Trooper Guarino said. No citations have been issued, he said Saturday night.
“It was a big mess,” the trooper said of the accident, noting that one of the trucks, which had been carrying paper, was pinned against a guardrail.
It was not immediately clear how bad the fuel spill was, though Trooper Guarino said the response from the environmental agencies was not as involved as he has seen at large spills. The fuel spilled after a saddle fuel tank on one of the larger trucks was punctured, he said.