Icy roads cause car crashes across Mass.

Emergency workers clear an accident on the Harvard Bridge in Boston. Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe

A nor’easter is on the way, and that’s never a good thing for transportation. Winter storms cause icy roads, which in turn lead to car crashes, traffic jams, and public transit delays.

A 55-car pileup was reported on Route 128 northbound in Wakefield Wednesday afternoon, where at least 30 of the vehicles involved were towed and eight people were rushed to the hospital. Crashes have also been reported on the Massachusetts Turnpike, Storrow Drive, and Memorial Drive, and in several cities and towns across the Bay State.