Mass. Highway Joint Dislodges, Damages Cars

Wed February 15, 2012 - Northeast Edition

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) Massachusetts State Police said an expansion joint that became dislodged on a highway damaged several cars and caused a crash between a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck.

State police said Jan. 15 that the problem on westbound I-290 in Worcester might have been caused by the cold weather in the region, where temperatures were in the single digits in some areas.

Troopers received several calls after the expansion joint became dislodged and protruded upward into the path of several vehicles.

It’s considered a contributing factor in the crash between the big rig and pickup truck, though information was not immediately released on the severity of that crash and whether injuries were reported.

The state Department of Transportation repaired the joint Jan. 15 and reopened all traffic lanes.