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Treacherous roadways cause at least 9 tractor-trailer crashes

A tractor-trailer crash.
A tractor-trailer crash.

At least nine tractor-trailers were involved in accidents on Massachusetts state highways Tuesday during hazardous blizzard conditions that caused officials to close lanes and lower speed limits to as low as 20 miles per hour, according to State Police.

On Twitter, State Police said tractor-trailers were jackknifed at various locations in central Massachusetts. One truck also rolled over in Grafton.

“We have had numerous jackknifed tractor-trailers today on the Mass Pike and elsewhere, and also numerous crashes and spin outs,” State Police Lieutenant Tom Ryan said. “Trees down have also impacted lane closure on various roadways.”

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One crash on the Mass. Pike involved seven or eight vehicles in Charlton, including a tractor-trailer and a State Police cruiser, officials said.

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They collided just before 2 p.m. going east on Route 90 near mile marker 88, Charlton fire Chief Ed Knopf said.

“At the time of the accident, it was pretty much white-out conditions,” Knopf said.

Three men and one woman were transported to the hospital, none with life-threatening injuries. The most serious injury was a broken leg, Knopf said.

Officials are still actively trying to clear the lanes, he said.

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State Police said they lowered the speed limit on Route 90 to 40 miles per hour early this morning on a section of highway, then lowered it to 20 in the afternoon from Boston to the New York state line as conditions worsened and snow continued to fall.

“It’s a mess out there,” Ryan said. “Conditions are still very difficult. We would encourage people not to drive if they don’t have to.”

No more information about crashes or road closures was immediately available.

Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl. Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.