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Massachusetts man has life-threatening injuries after running across Route 495



A Massachusetts man is fighting for his life after serious injuries sustained on Route 495.

According to Dave Procopio of Massachusetts State Police, just after 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Troopers from the State Police-Andover Barracks and specialized units responded to a crash involving a 2006 Toyota Corolla and a pedestrian on Route 495 northbound in Tewksbury. The pedestrian, a 52-year-old male from Methuen, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section indicates that the Toyota was northbound in the far-left lane, approaching the Route 133 on-ramp. A short distance from the ramp, the pedestrian reportedly emerged from the wood line and ran across Route 495 from east to west. The Toyota struck the pedestrian in the left travel lane at a high rate of speed and then veered into the grassy median as the driver applied emergency braking. The operator and sole occupant of the Toyota, a 21-year-old Lawrence woman, was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the pedestrian entered the highway, remain under investigation by State Police-Andover with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

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