Authorities said an elderly man driving the wrong way on a Massachusetts highway caused a fiery crash that killed him and injured six on Thanksgiving Eve.

State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said the crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 495 in Taunton.

Procopio said 84-year-old Arnold Reda, of Foxborough, was headed south on the northbound side of the highway when his car struck three other cars, causing one of the vehicles to burst into flames. Reda was pronounced dead at the scene.

Before crashing, the driver slammed into at least two other cars, State Police said, leaving multiple people with serious injuries.

Occupants of the other cars were taken to area hospitals with injuries police later described as not life-threatening.

The man’s car was engulfed in flames when the Taunton firefighters arrived.

The northbound lanes were closed overnight but reopened to holiday traffic early Thursday.

Procopio said police haven’t determined how the man ended up on the wrong side of the highway.

Source: AP

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