Dump truck’s wheels dislodged, caused multi-car crash on I-95 in Waltham

WALTHAM ‒ A 27-year-old Boston woman sustained serious injuries Saturday after her car was reportedly struck by a wheel that dislodged from a dump truck on Interstate 95 in Waltham, Massachusetts State Police have reported.

Troopers from the Concord barracks responded to reports of a multi-vehicle crash on I-95 North near exit 26 just after 11 a.m.

Preliminary investigation suggested that the crash occurred after the right rear wheels dislodged from a 1999 Ford Super Duty truck with a dump body that was traveling south on the highway, according to state police. One of the tires reportedly struck a 2008 Toyota Prius traveling in the left lane, while the other allegedly bounced over the concrete median barrier where it struck a 2013 Mazda 3 traveling northbound.

The 60-year-old operator of the Prius and his passenger were not injured in the incident, police said. The unidentified female operator of the Mazda, which suffered heavy damage to the roof and windshield, was transported to the Lahey Clinic with serious injuries.

According to state police, the cause of the wheels being dislodged remains under investigation.

Valdir Dossantos, 48, of Lowell, the truck’s operator and only occupant, was arrested for alleged unlicensed operation and transported to the Concord Barracks for booking. He was released on bail and is set to appear in Waltham District Court on Monday.

Waltham Fire and EMS assisted state police on scene.