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***UPDATE***UPDATE Injured Pike driver identified


6-year-old boy seriously hurt



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This Chevrolet Lumina, resting against a guardrail on the westbound side of the Mass Pike Wednesday, was one of two vehicles involved in a crash that police say seriously injured two, including a young boy. (click for larger version)

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Traffic on the westbound side of the Mass Pike was backed up after a two-car crash earlier Wednesday. Teresa Franco. (click for larger version)
August 20, 2009
CHARLTON — A car accident in the westbound land of the Mass Pike in Charlton caused a back of traffic for at least five miles and sent two to the hospital with serious injuries, including a Rhode Island man and a 6-year-old boy who had stopped breathing.

According to State Police, two vehicles were involved in the accident Thursday, Aug. 20 around 10:36 a.m. at the 81 1/2-mile marker.

Two victims were transported to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester — one by ambulance and the other, a juvenile, by Med Flight. Both were listed in serious condition late Thursday afternoon.

A preliminary investigation by Trooper Gerry Johnson identified the adult injured at the scene as Joseph Tellier, a 30-year-old from Cumberland, R.I. The other victim was a 6-year-old child. Both were occupants of a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina.

State Police did not immediately state the relationship between the man and child, and would not release the boy's name because they do not release the identities of juvenile crash victims.

According to Johnson's investigation, Tellier and the boy were driving in a 1995 Chevy Lumina, in the leftmost lane, next to the median strip, when one of the tires blew out. Tellier started driving toward the right lane, then tried to correct himself. As a result, the driver started veering the Lumina toward the left lane when Ronald Fleury, 67, of Peabody, driving a 2004 Ford Escape, struck the rear quarter panel. The Lumina ended up in the center travel land, the Escape in the far left lane.

Tellier was partially ejected from the Lumina, according to the investigation. A police dispatcher calling emergency crews to the scene was heard on a scanner saying the boy at the scene was not breathing.

Fleury was not injured during the accident.

A State Police spokesperson said troopers administered medical assistance to the boy before he was air lifted by the med flight.

All three lanes going westbound on the Pike were closed from 11:05 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. so the medical helicopter could land. The two left westbound lanes were closed until just after 1 p.m. A little after 12 p.m. on Wednesday, traffic in the westbound lane was observed backed up from the accident scene past the Auburn Exit on the Mass Pike.

The incident is still being investigated by Troop E of the Massachusetts State Police in conjunction with the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Auburn Fire and the Massachusetts Turnpike Maintenance departments assisted at the scene.

Teresa A. Franco may be reached at 508-909-4136 or e-mail her at tfranco@stonebridgepress.com.

Janines Frostee
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