LYNN — A woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by helicopter Tuesday afternoon after she was pinned beneath a car that crashed into a Lynnway bus stop.
The 54-year-old woman suffered serious, life-threatening injuries when the car plowed into the bus stop, shortly after 12:25 p.m., at Lynnway and Harding Street, according to Lynn Fire Chief Stephen Archer.
A helicopter landed at North Shore Community College to bring her to the Boston hospital. One other pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to North Shore Medical Center in Salem. The driver, 32, was taken to MGH by ambulance for possible minor injuries.
“Preliminary investigation on scene indicates that, for reasons still under investigation, a 2009 Hyundai Accent sedan operated by a 32-year-old Lynn man veered off the road and struck the bus stop shelter,” said State Police Spokesman David Procopio in an email. “A second vehicle, a 2009 Nissan Murano sport utility vehicle operated by a 54-year-old Lynn man, may also have been involved in the crash.”
None of the victims were identified by police.
Witnesses say there was an incident with two cars and one of them drove into the bus stop, pinning the woman underneath and injuring one man. Robin Pergola, a nurse from Revere, said she and a group of others jumped out of their cars and attempted to lift the vehicle off of the woman.
“I went over there and told her not to move because I needed to make sure she had a pulse,” Pergola said. “My husband James stood in the road and directed traffic until all of the officers got here.”
James Pergola said he saw one car hit another car before shattered glass was the only thing in his vision. That is when he and his wife ran out of their car to help out.
“I can’t even imagine the internal damage she must have,” said Robin Pergola. “The car had her pinned against the bench. A bunch of guys got out of their cars and pulled the car off of her as much as they could.”
The woman was conscious, alert, and able to say her name, said Robin Pergola.
“The facts and circumstances of the crash, including what caused the Accent to go out of control and whether charges are warranted against either or both drivers, remains ongoing and is being conducted by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section,” said Procopio.