I was just about to get some sleep tonight when I caught Lowell Police calling extra cars to Liberty and Warwick streets in the Highlands about 2 a.m. A car had struck a pole. What I found when I drove over there was pretty horrific.
Police were called to the intersection at 1:42 p.m. They found a green Honda sedan that went out of control while turning from Pine Street onto Liberty Street, according to Lt. Timothy Crowley, who was on scene to reconstruct what happened early this morning.
Crowley said it appears the driver lost control, overcorrected, and that the car slid sideways into the pole, with the driver’s side making impact before the car spun even more.
The driver, a 20-year-old Lowell man, was ejected out his driver’s side window, Crowley said. He was taken to Lahey Clinic in Burlington with serious injuries. A male passenger, from Lowell, was rushed from the scene before police could learn his age or identity.
He was taken to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. A MedFlight helicopter was requested, but I think it was cancelled due to weather.
Police were still on Liberty Street investigating and reconstructing the scene when I left about 3:30 a.m.
Crowley said that based on the extent of the damage and the way the crash appears to have happened, speed is likely a factor. Everything remains under investigation.
Wear your seatbelts and stay safe out there, folks. I’ll get more on this one Monday night.
UPDATE: The 20-year-old driver is in serious condition at Lahey tonight. The front-seat passenger, also a 20-year-old Lowell man, is in serious condition at Brigham & Women’s.
I also learned that an 18-year-old Lowell man who was a back seat passenger was treated and released from Saints following the crash. I hadn’t heard about him this morning.