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Heavy delays reported for northbound I-93

BOSTON — Four multi-car crashes are slowing the northbound drive on Interstate 93 near the entrance of the O’Neill Tunnel, according to state police.

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State police said one crash involved nine vehicles, two involved four cars each and the fourth crash involved two vehicles.

One person involved in the nine-vehicle crash was taken to the hospital as a precaution, state police said.

The left lane was closed, but the right and middle lanes were open. Several miles of backups were reported.


Flood warnings and advisories issued for Massachusetts

BOSTON — The National Weather Service issued a series of flood warnings and advisories Sunday morning as heavy rain pelted the area with additional downpours in the forecast.

In Waltham, a large sinkhole developed on Wyman Street washing out a portion of the road.  The left travel lanes on Route 128 in Westwood were closed for a time due to flooding Sunday morning, Massachusetts State Police said.

Hour-by-hour rain futurecast |  Latest Storm Team 5 forecast

Police also closed both directions of Route 6 in Westport due to flooding. In Chelmsford, Boston Road was closed near Brian Road because of flooding, according to police. The ramp from Route 18 southbound to Route 195 in Freetown was also closed for flooding, transportation officials said.

A flood warning was issued for the North Nashua River in Fitchburg where flooding of low-lying areas along the river trapped at least two cars near an underpass on Cleghorn Street. A tow truck pulled the cars out of the flood waters.

Photos:  Flooding washes out roads, traps cars

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Bristol County and Plymouth County where several inches of rain had fallen in just a few hours.

Video:  Flood waters trap cars in Fitchburg

“Between 2 and 5 inches of rain have fallen in just a few hours,” Storm Team 5 meteorologist Danielle Vollmar said.

A flood advisory was issued for eastern Massachusetts where “heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water on highways, streets and underpasses,” the weather service said.

High winds and rain overnight collapsed radio towers in Western Mass., knocking out cell phone and internet service for much of North Adams. Residents were told via a reverse 911 system to make emergency calls with their landline if necessary.


Shooting creates major traffic delays in Duxbury

Duxbury Fire Department

DUXBURY, Mass. — Part of Route 3 southbound in Duxbury was shut down Saturday afternoon after a shooting on the highway, fire officials said.

One gunshot victim was taken to South Shore Hospital, according to a tweet from a spokesman for the Duxbury Fire Department. All southbound traffic was being diverted at exit 11.

Officials are urging drivers to avoid the area.

Stay with NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com for more on this story as it develops.


Crews working to remove truck

Dave Mongeau/WCVB

MANSFIELD, Mass. — A tractor-trailer rollover is snarling the morning commute on Interstate 95.

The tanker crashed near Interstate 495, and a lane of travel on the northbound side of I-95 is blocked.

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Traffic is backed up for nine miles, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes.

NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com will have more information when it becomes available.


Truck spills fluid, crews cleaning up scene

BROCKTON, Mass. — A tractor trailer crash in Brockton has closed down A tractor trailer crash in Brockton has closed down several lanes of Route 24 North near exit 18, according to state police.

State police said the crash closed all northbound travel lanes, and drivers headed to the area should find alternate routes.

State police said the truck did dump fluid on the road, and clean up could take a while.

State police did not have an estimate on when the roadway would reopen.


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Truck flips over on Prudential Center offramp

BOSTON — The exit ramp from the Massachusetts Turnpike to Copley Square and the Prudential Center was closed for an extended period of time Friday afternoon.

A cement truck crashed on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 90 to the Prudential Center.

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Massachusetts State Police said there was damage to the tunnel and the vehicle was leaking fuel.

Vehicles traveling eastbound on the Turnpike destined for the Back Bay and downtown should get off the Turnpike at Exit 18 for Brighton/Cambridge and use the river roads to reach their destination.

Vehicles continuing eastbound on the Turnpike can also use Exit 24A for South Station to access Kneeland Street and Atlantic Avenue to reach the Back Bay/Downtown area.

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The southbound zipper lane on the Southeast Expressway will be open by 2 p.m.

The left-side HOV exit for Logan Airport and South Station on I-93 northbound will be open for all vehicles.


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Emergency responders work to free the driver after this truck crashed off the Mass Pike. (Photo courtesy: Mass State Police)

WARREN (CBS) – A truck ran off the Massachusetts Turnpike in Warren Thursday morning and into water on the side of the highway.
Based on tweets by police from the scene, the box truck ran down an embankment on the westbound side of the road and ended up on its side in a river.

There’s no word yet on the condition of the driver or what caused the crash.


Boston police find car after hit-and-run crash

Todd Kazakiewich/WCVB-TV

BOSTON —A man in his 50s or 60s was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston Wednesday morning, Boston police said.

Police had issued a bulletin for a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis, which they said was located in Quincy several hours after the crash.

Massachusetts Avenue between Columbus Avenue and St. Botolph Street was closed as police investigated the incident.

The victim was said to be undergoing surgery at Boston Medical Center.


Overnight test simulates crash, fire in tunnel, MassDOT says
Sumner Tunnel

BOSTON — Drivers planning to pass through the Sumner Tunnel late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning will have to find an alternate route.

The tunnel will be closed to traffic overnight for a training exercise between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to MassDOT.

The drill will simulate a crash and fire involving multiple injuries. It’s designed to test response and communications.

“If there was a major incident in the Sumner Tunnel or any tunnel, we want to make sure that everybody has their communication protocols down,” said MassDOT’s Frank DePaola. “It’s better to do it in a drill than to do an actual event.”

Traffic into Boston will be detoured via the Ted Williams Tunnel.

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