By Nick Mallard


Icy conditions wreaked havoc on the roadways in Central Mass. Sunday morning, with a handful of small accidents in Fitchburg and Leominster overshadowed by a massive pileup in Worcester.

State police reported that more than 70 cars were involved in a large wreck caused by icy conditions that shut down Interstate 290 west in Worcester. Police reported more than 70 cars, two tractor trailers and a box truck were involved in accidents on the highway Sunday.

The police said more than 30 people suffered injuries and a section of Route 9 also has been closed.

Locally, police reported several smaller accidents, with none resulting in serious injuries.

"We had a few fender benders this morning because of the ice," Fitchburg Police Lt. Kevin O'Brien said. "The roads were pretty bad early on and we had a few minor accidents as a result."

In Leominster, police and emergency crews encountered several motor vehicle accidents early in the day, though police say no one was significantly hurt.

"We had three or four little accidents in the morning, but the DPW salted and sanded the roads and that seems to have alleviated things," Leominster police Sgt. Charles Doherty said. "It was all caused by slippery conditions when the roads iced up."

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.