Three-vehicle crash led to Route 20 shutdown in Shrewsbury

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Three-vehicle crash led to Route 20 shutdown in Shrewsbury
(Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Drivers on Route 20 in Shrewsbury faced delays after the roadway was shut down for about four hours after a three-vehicle crash on Dec. 20. 

According to Shrewsbury Lt. Nick Perna, Shrewsbury police and firefighters along with Worcester EMS responded to Route 20 near Flynn’s Truck Stop at about 11:45 a.m.

When police arrived, they found two freightliner tractor-trailer units with heavy front end damage and a 2016 Toyota Rav4 that rolled over, Perna said. 

According to Perna, the initial reports indicated that the driver of the Toyota Rav4 was entering the travel lane when it collided with a freightliner that was driving eastbound, which forced the freightliner into the westbound lane. It collided head on with another freightliner.

The impact reportedly caused the SUV to roll into an adjacent parking lot, he said.

At the time, Shrewsbury police cautioned drivers that the road was closed. This stretch of Route 20 was ultimately closed for about four hours while officers from the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Crash Reconstruction Team responded and the Environmental Protection Agency treated the roadway for large amounts of fuel and oil.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to UMass Memorial Health with what Perna described as level two trauma, and one of the drivers of the freightliners was transported for the treatment of lower back pain. The other was reportedly uninjured. 

The crash remains under investigation.