Mass Pike fatal crash: Truck driver to be charged in deadly wreck
The driver of a tractor trailer that struck a car on the Mass Pike Friday afternoon will be charged in connection with the fatal crash in western Massachusetts. Massachusetts State Police on Sunday said the driver of the Freightliner tractor trailer, a 67-year-old man from West Granby, Conn., will be charged criminally. His name and the exact charges will be released by the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office on Monday.
The preliminary investigation by State Police and the DA’s Office shows that the tractor trailer was heading eastbound in Becket on Friday afternoon when traffic in front of the truck began to slow down. The truck then struck the rear of a Toyota Camry, and pushed that car into a Toyota Sienna van. Both occupants of the Camry were transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
The driver, identified as Gary Litwin, 69, of Ludlow, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The passenger, a 66-year-old Ludlow woman, sustained serious injuries. The driver of the Sienna, a 39-year-old West Springfield woman, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield to get examined for possible injuries.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
The investigation is being conducted by Troop B of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Detective Unit for Berkshire County, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and the Berkshire County DA’s Office.
Troopers were assisted on scene by Lee Fire and EMS and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
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