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Travelers Hit the Road for Thanksgiving

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Stuck in a ditch and damaged, workers removed a car near Exit 7 on I-291 Wednesday afternoon. State Police were flooded with calls around one o’clock. Everyone believed the elderly driver was going the wrong way, but it turns out someone else caused her to crash.

“It was actually a young teenage driver on the cell phone who cut across all lanes of traffic while merging onto the highway that caused this accident,” Trooper Douglas Grout said.

It caused miles of traffic delays. At one point cars were bumper to bumper past the Mass Pike. The elderly woman driver wasn’t hurt, but Trooper Grout says it shows how even a minor crash can cause delays. He says it’s how people deal with them that matters.

“It can be very frustrating for those stuck in the traffic. We just ask that everybody use a little common sense and a little compassion for those around them,” Trooper Grout said.

From chatty passengers to books on tape, drivers we found at the Ludlow rest stop said the roads were congested but manageable Wednesday. Even 16.5 year old Andrew Krohn agreed. He picked the infamous travel day for his first drive on a highway.

“Little bit of pressure, but it wasn’t too bad, stressful like gripping the steering wheel kind,” Krohn said.

When it come times to fill up for the ride after all that turkey, the Mass Pike will offer free coffee between 10pm Thanksgiving night and 5am Friday morning.

“People that are heavily sleep deprived cannot drive their vehicle safely,” Trooper Grout said. “That’s why we ask everyone to take a nap, be well rested before you leave, and know that you could be driving for an extended period of time due to traffic.”

Troopers say using common sense ensures that everyone will have a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

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