A Massachusetts State Trooper and four other people were hospitalized after a multi-car crash involving a cruiser.
The accident happened early Saturday morning on the Southbound on Route 93, near exit 18. State police say a Honda Accord, driven by a 24-year-old Everett man, hit a police cruiser, causing the cruiser to crash into a third car.
Police believe the Accord was speeding when it slammed into the cruiser, which was off to the right of the road with emergency lights activated.
The impact pushed the cruiser into the travel lanes, where it struck another vehicle.
The 37-year-old trooper was conscious and alert after the crash. He was treated for a concussion and a head laceration before being released from a hospital.
The investigation indicates that the trooper was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Accord was taken to Tufts Medical Center with extensive serious injuries.
Two of the Accord's passengers were taken to Boston Medical Center, and another was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. All of their injuries are considered serious.
"This morning's crash on Route 93 in Boston affirms, once again, that there is no such thing as a routine incident for state troopers and any first responders, highway workers and tow truck operators," Colonel Richard D. McKeon said.
"Every motor vehicle stop, and every response to a crash, puts troopers, police officers, and emergency and maintenance responders at risk for their own safety. We are very grateful to these professionals for the dangers they accept routinely as part of doing their jobs. We are especially grateful that the injuries to the trooper hit this morning were not far, far worse. That they were not, is a reminder of the critical importance for any motorist to wear a seatbelt. We are hopeful for a full recovery for him, and we also wish recoveries for the other victims. Once we complete our investigation, we will file whatever charges are appropriate against the driver responsible for causing this crash."
The investigation is ongoing to determine if charges will be sought and for what offenses.