State Police Investigate Serious Truck Fire on Route 3 South in Tyngsboro
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael Crowley indicates that a 2004 Mitsubishi box truck driven by a 46-year-old man from Nashua, N.H. stopped in the breakdown lane after passing motorists alerted him to smoke coming from the back of his truck.
The driver and his two passengers exited the truck and went to the rear of the vehicle where they attempted to open the door. This led to a combustible explosion.
The driver and a 22-year-old man from Billerica were transported to Lowell General Hospital and then transported to Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston with serious injuries. A third passenger, a 22-year-old man from Merrimack, N.H., was transported to Southern New Hampshire Regional Hospital with minor injuries.
The facts and circumstances of this incident remain under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of troopers assigned to the State Fire Marshal's Office, State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were assisted by Tyngsboro Fire Department and the Department of Transportation Highway Division.
The roadway was closed for approximately one hour during the investigation and vehicle removal.
No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.