Saturday, 2:15 PM
By Matt Collette and Kate Augusto, Globe Correspondents
Eight people were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries this afternoon after a truck driver failed to stop for traffic in Topsfield and rear-ended the car in front of him, causing a chain reaction that damaged the truck and five other vehicles, police said.
The driver, 21-year-old Paul Lovasco of Beverly, was driving a Moynihan Lumber box truck southbound on Route 1 and did not stop for traffic at the road’s intersection with Route 97, said Sergeant Richard LeBel of the Topsfield Police.
Both lanes of Route 1 were closed for about an hour following the 1:36 p.m. accident as authorities cleaned up the accident scene, police said.
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