5 injured in separate incidents on Route 24 in Avon

AVON, MA (WHDH) - Three people were injured after an axle and tire came off of a dump truck in Avon and smashed into a car, according to state police.

The crash happened on Route 24 South near Exit 18.

The 30-year-old driver was carrying dirt for a construction project, but as he was traveling southbound, a mechanical failure caused the axle and tire of his truck to come off. It rolled across the median and bounced off the windshield of a van.

Fire officials said the driver of the car that was hit was taken to Boston Medical Center.

A pregnant woman and her 10-year-old daughter were also inside the car. They were taken to Brockton Hospital to be evaluated.

Less than two hours later, in the same area, a piece of rubber used to keep tires in place fell off a car and hit two others, smashing the windshield of a Jeep.

Two more people were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The holiday weekend meant the fire department was working with a “skeleton crew,” and had to call in people for extra help.

The owner of the company that lost the tire on the truck issued an apology for the incident.

 

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