AUBURN, Mass. - A serious car crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn at about 11:15 a.m. Monday sent three people to local hospitals, two with serious life-threatening injuries.
Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said that two people traveling in a PT Cruiser on the westbound side of traffic wound up under the flatbed of a tractor trailer truck after the truck jackknifed in the roadway.
"There were multiple vehicles involved and most of those occupants declined medical treatment. The two people in the PT Cruiser were severely injured and do have life threatening injuries," Coleman said.
Those victims were extricated from the vehicle by members of the Auburn Fire Department and were transported to UMASS Medical Center by Auburn Fire Department Ambulance.
A third patient in a separate vehicle was transported to the hospital by a Sturbridge Fire Department Ambulance.
The Auburn Fire Department was also assisted on scene by the Charlton Fire Department in containing an approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel spill that was approximately 200 feet long, which occurred when one of the saddle tanks on the tractor trailer truck ruptured. The spill was contained and the Mass Department of Environmental Protection was notified.