AUBURN - Massachusetts State Police (MSP) are investigating a Thursday morning three-vehicle crash on the Mass Pike (I-90) that sent five people to local hospitals, one which later died. The right and middle lanes on the eastbound side of the Mass Pike were closed for around three hours.
According to MSP, a 2013 Mazda VST operated by a 23-year-old man from Columbus, Ohio, was travelling eastbound on the Mass Pike Thursday morning. At around 7:30 AM, the Ohio man's VST sideswiped a 2020 Mazda CX5 driven by a 60-year-old man from Sturbridge. The Sturbridge man's CX5 was forced through a guardrail and down an embankment.
The Ohio man's VST then rear-ended a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 41-year-old woman from Rhode Island driving the Jeep was not injured.
EMS transported the Ohio man to UMass Memorial Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. Three passengers in the vehicle were also transported to UMass for treatment of minor injuries.
The Sturbridge man was transported to Saint Vincent Hospital. Information on his condition was not made available.
State Police from the Charlton Barracks and Auburn Fire and Rescue responded to the crash. State Police continue to investigate the incident.