Two Injured In Three-Car Accident In Leicester

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A Worcester man had to be carefully extricated from his vehicle after a three-car accident Monday morning in Leicester. Photo Credit: Leicester Police
After rear-ending one vehicle, Julio Cartagena's car went into oncoming traffic, colliding with Janice Bullock's Hyundai. Photo Credit: Leicester Police
Two people were hospitalized after a three-car accident on Route 9 Monday morning. Photo Credit: Leicester Police

LEICESTER, Mass. — Two people were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Monday morning after a three car accident in Leicester on Route 9 near the Worcester line.

Around 8 a.m., Julio Cartagena, 25, of Worcester was headed eastbound on Route 9 near Gerald Court when he briefly took his eyes off the road and missed the slow of traffic ahead of him, according to reports from Leicester police.

Cartagena's 2000 Chevy struck the rear of the vehicle in front of him, a Ford operated by Robin St. Germain, 58, of Hardwick according to Leicester Police Chief Jim Hurley.

After striking the first vehicle, Cartagena's car went across the lane into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision with a Hyundai driven by Janice S. Bullock, 63, of Worcester.

After police were notified of the accident, two off-duty paramedics who had been in the area reported possible injuries.

Due to the door of Cartagena's vehicle getting crushed shut, he had to be extricated to avoid further exacerbating his injuries, according to Hurley.

Both Cartagena and Bullock were transported to UMass Medical.

Cartagena was issued a citation for failure to use care in starting, stopping and turning, said Hurley.

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Just a gut:

Not making excuses for the guy not paying attention, but traffic is backed up all the way to the bait shop in the mornings. It is only one lane at the lights in Worcester at Goddard Dr, has been that way since the big storm a few weeks ago. I called the Worcester DPW twice, but nothing was done.