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Heavy delays reported for northbound I-93
Four multi-car crashes are slowing the northbound drive on Interstate 93 near the entrance of the O’Neill Tunnel, according to state police.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Overnight test simulates crash, fire in tunnel, MassDOT says
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.