Multi-vehicle crashes ensue in Massachusetts as ice slicks roadways

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Treacherous travel was reported in Massachusetts early Wednesday after freezing rain slicked roadways.

Multiple crashes involving dozens of vehicles were reported near the town of Wakefield, Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts State Police. At least 30 vehicles were involved in one crash, which shut down Route 128 northbound, according to WCVB.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) urged residents to drive with caution as it continued to treat major roads, including Interstate 90, for icy conditions.

Two lanes were closed on I-90 in both directions near the town of Millbury due to a truck rollover. Roads were expected to remain closed for at least two to three hours.

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A vehicle crash occurred in Westford, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, Feb 8. No injuries were reported. (Photo/Massachusetts State Police)


"Light freezing rain was falling across eastern Massachusetts between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. with temperatures in the middle 20s," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

While precipitation has moved out of the region, temperatures are expected to remain at or below freezing during the morning hours.

"Temperatures [will] rise into the upper 40s and lower 50s by this afternoon," Rathbun said.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said there was a two-hour delay for non-emergency state employees as public safety officials continued to work to clear the roads.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said buses may be delayed due to the slippery road conditions.


The police department in Dover, Massachusetts, reported being "inundated" with calls due to the icy roadways.


Following a break in the wintry conditions, residents of New England will face more travel problems as a snowstorm develops over the Northeast from Wednesday night into Thursday.