WESTFORD -- Firefighters worked for about 45 minutes to free a Connecticut man from a heavily-damaged car in the median of Interstate 495 Saturday afternoon before a medical helicopter could fly the man to a Worcester trauma center.
Trooper Todd Nolan, a state police spokesman, said multiple 911 calls sent emergency crews to the southbound lanes of the highway just south of Boston Road in Westford about 1:40 p.m.
They arrived to find that a vehicle driven by a 53-year-old Wallingford, Conn., man had crossed all three lanes of the highway, from the right lane to the high-speed lane, and then went into the median and struck several trees, Nolan said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Westford firefighters said it took about 45 minutes, and assistance from Chelmsford and Littleton firefighters, to free the driver, who was pinned by his car's dashboard.
Once that man was free, state police closed the highway in both directions for about 12 minutes while a LifeFlight helicopter landed on the road to take the victim to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Nolan did not immediately release the driver's name pending notification of his family. Nolan said the man's injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
While all lanes of the highway were closed for only about 12 minutes, two southbound lanes were closed from 1:40 p.m., to about 3:15, causing delays heading southbound.
Nolan said the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section is investigating the crash.
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