Massachusetts State Police Media Release –09092017 – State Police Investigate Serious Injury Crash in Lawrence
This morning at approximately 7:29 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Andover responded to reports of a serious crash on Route 495 just south of Exit 42 in Lawrence. Callers reported a vehicle was traveling southbound, crossed the median, and struck a vehicle head-on, that was traveling northbound.
Upon arrival, Trooper Sean Milovanovic discovered that a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by a 27-year-old Haverhill man, was traveling Southbound, then for reasons still under investigation, drove from the right lane to the far left lane, losing control, then crossed the center median, and was struck by a 2013 Ford Transit van, driven by a 31-year-old Lancaster man, that was traveling northbound.
When the Mitsubishi drove from the right lane to the left lane southbound, a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 24-year-old Haverhill woman, slowed quickly to avoid collision with the Mitsubishi, and was struck from behind by a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 25-year-old Methuen man.
All northbound lanes were immediately closed due to the crash. Two left lanes were closed southbound. All lanes were subsequently closed for a medical helicopter to land. The driver of the Mitsubishi was transported by medical helicopter to Mass General Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries. All southbound lanes were open to travel at approximately 8:30 a.m., when the helicopter departed the scene. The other three drivers were transported by ambulance to Lawrence General with non-life threatening injuries.
At approximately 10:10 a.m., all northbound lanes were opened for travel. At approximately 10:15 a.m., all lanes were closed again southbound for the crash reconstruction, and reopened for travel at approximately 10:30 a.m. when the scene was cleared.
The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the Andover Barracks. Troop A Headquarters, State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Community Action Team (CAT), Andover Police and Fire Departments, Lawrence Fire Department, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) all assisted on scene.
No further information is currently available. Please do not contact the barracks directly.