Crash involving multiple vehicles closes Route 16, one car catches fire
MILTON - A car caught fire and woman was hospitalized after a dominoes-style crash on the Spaulding Turnpike near Exit 17 late Friday night.
Police say the multiple-car collision was triggered by a driver who hit an arrow board marking a lane shift and knocked it into oncoming traffic. Sarah O'Halloran, 31, of Sanbornville, was heading south when she failed to negotiate the lane shift and hit the sign.
As northbound traffic stopped due to the unexpected obstacle, several cars rear-ended one another, with one car that had been sandwiched between two others catching fire.
The collisions started about 10 cars back behind the first driver to stop. Those involved included Thomas Clem, 53, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. His Chevy Colorado was hit from behind by a Nissan Altima driven by Monica Nasser, 30, of Cambridge, Mass. who'd been hit and pushed forward into the Checy by Carletta Murphy, 25, of Rochester who was driving a Honda Accord.
Nasser's Altima sustained both front and rear damage as a result of the crash, and her car caught fire and became fully engulfed in flames, according to police.
No injuries were reported to either Nasser or Clem, but Murphy was taken Frisbee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
The crash closed Route 16 in both directions for about two hours shortly after 10 p.m.