Several injured in highway crashes

ATTLEBORO – Massachusetts State Police are investigating after several car crashes on I-95 in Attleboro sent several people to the hospital.

The crashes happened in the southbound lanes of the highway near Route 1, starting at about 9:15 Sunday morning.

The first wreck involved two cars, and Attleboro Fire Department officials tell Eyewitness news that the two drivers involved were helped out of their cars by passersby before emergency crews got there.

At this point it’s not clear what caused the crash, but both vehicles ended up in the woods along the highway, and one of them caught fire. Fire crews found it fully involved and burning fiercely.

“I’ve been on the fire department a long time,” said Deputy Chief Scott Jacques, “and it’s only the second time I’ve seen such a fire from a car from a motor vehicle accident.”

The two drivers, a 20 year-old Attleboro woman and a 43 year-old Pawtucket man, were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to Massachusetts State Police.

That wreck is believed responsible for another two-car crash at the scene: nobody was hurt in a minor rear-end collision. State Police believe those drivers were looking at the first accident when they collided.

However, at about 9:55, a third and also serious accident occurred there. Three cars were involved in that crash, and three people were also taken to RI Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries: a 68 year-old Providence man, a 28 year-old Attleboro man, and a 33 year-old Pawtucket man.

Massachusetts State Police are still investigating the crashes and say it’s too early to say whether or not any charges will be filed.