With a looming snowstorm and roads already congested due to pre-Thanksgiving traffic, Massachusetts motorists were put to the test on Tuesday, which may go down as one of the worst travel days of 2014.
A rollover crash in Charlton caused a roughly 60-mile backup in the westbound lane of theMassachusetts Turnpike on Tuesday afternoon. At one point, traffic stretched from about Logan Airport to the I-84 exit in Sturbridge, according to authorities.
Heavy volume was still being reported from about the Charlton town line to Exit 11 in Milbury as of 9 p.m., a state trooper from the Charlton barracks said.
The initial cause for the delays: A tractor-trailer rollover near the 81-mile marker on the MassPike in the early afternoon, according to State Police. Another passenger vehicle also was reportedly involved in the crash, which resulted in minor injuries.
Other crashes and traffic mishaps compounded problems throughout the day.
But the pike wasn’t the only trouble spot in the commonwealth. As of Tuesday night, major slowdowns and backups were being reported across the eastern part of the state, including I-95 between Foxboro and Attleboro and I-495 between Bolton and the I-290 interchange.
MassDOT chief Frank DePaola encouraged Thanksgiving holiday travelers to brace for heavy traffic on Baystate highways, which are busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.
More than 1 million Massachusetts residents are expected to travel for Thanksgiving celebrations this year, according to AAA.