Driver killed in head-on Mass Pike crash was driving in wrong direction, police say

A man driving in the wrong direction on the Massachusetts Turnpike late Monday night died in a head-on crash, state police said in a statement.

The crash happened just before midnight on the Mass. Pike in Southborough. State police originally reported the location of the crash as Westborough. 

State police said a 28-year-old Rutland man was driving westbound in a 2007 Ford Focus when he pulled into the breakdown lane, made a U-turn, and began traveling eastbound on the westbound side of the highway.

His vehicle struck the side of a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox before hitting  a 2007 Dodge Charger and a 2010 GMC Terrain head-on, police said. The 28-year-old, whose identity has not yet been released, suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.

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Police said the operator of the Equinox, a 37-year-old man from Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a juvenile passenger were not hurt, while another adult female passenger was taken to UMass Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

A 31-year-old Auburn man driving the Charger was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, according to police. A Bridgeport man, operating the Terrain, and his three passengers were transported to UMass Medical Center as well. There was no information provided on their conditions.

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