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Family of six okay after vehicle rollover in Hopkinton

A Massachusetts family of six is recovering from minor injuries after their SUV collided with another car yesterday and rolled over at least once near Interstate 89’s Exit 5 in Hopkinton, according to the police.

The accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in the northbound lane of I-89, said state Trooper James Steinmetz. The family, including two girls ages 3 and 7, was traveling in the passing lane in a 2002 Ford Explorer when it struck the left rear side of a silver 2009 Toyota Corolla. The police yesterday were still investigating how the collision happened and who may have been at fault, Steinmetz said.

Both vehicles lost control, Steinmetz said, but the Corolla was able to regain its traction. The Explorer rolled off the interstate, flipping at least once before settling right side up near a grove of trees. The six passengers in the Explorer, all of whom were wearing seatbelts, were transported to Concord Hospital and treated for minor injuries, Steinmetz said. The vehicle, however, was totaled.

Steinmetz said none of the occupants in the Corolla was injured, and the car was only slightly damaged.

The police would not release the names of the drivers or passengers in either vehicle.

Steinmetz said the family in the Explorer seemed “very distraught and mostly upset” after the accident.

“Shock, definitely,” he said. “But they were all able to communicate to us.”

Emergency officials were first contacted by a woman who had been driving behind the Explorer and who stopped after witnessing the rollover, Steinmetz said.

Steinmetz asked that anyone else who witnessed the accident contact Troop D of the state police at 271-3333.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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