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Man Hospitalized After 'Serious' Car Crash on Rt 128

Southbound traffic was detoured off Exit 25B Wednesday night while police investigated the accident. The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.

An elderly male was taken to the hospital Wednesday night with serious injuries after his car crashed on Route 128.

Initial reports said the car -- a Honda Accord -- had rolled over on the highway, but later unofficial accounts contradicted that.

The accident was first called in shortly before 9 p.m., according to reports, and occurred on the southbound side of the highway near Exit 25A, which leads onto Route 114 eastbound. The location is at a bridge that runs over the highway.

Route 128 was shut down to southbound traffic shortly after police and firefighters arrived at the scene. The lefthand lane on the northbound side was also closed to traffic.

In a media alert at 9:15 p.m., state police characterized the accident as a "serious motor vehicle crash" and said both southbound lanes were closed to traffic. Troopers were on the scene, reconstructing the accident.

As of 9:20 p.m., southbound traffic was being detoured off Exit 25B, westbound on Route 114, but was backed up to Endicott Street (Exit 24).

According to reports, an 84-year-old man was freed from the vehicle and taken to Lahey Clinic by ambulance. Reports say he suffered serious injuries.

DEBBIE December 13, 2012 at 02:45 AM
We should all pray for this man in hoping that he is going to be okay. What a fright for an older gentleman. On second thought, what a scary though for people of all ages. I wish him well.
amy December 13, 2012 at 04:31 AM
The car did not roll over..My son and his friend are tow truck drivers and were on there way home from work and were in front of this car when he looked in his mirror and saw the car hit the bridge and they pulled over stopped traffic and ran to help this elderly man, who was on oxegen and had a tank in his car, all the air bags were deployed my son and his friend and a truck driver tried to get the door open but couldnt so my son smashed the passengers window with his flashlight and called 911, they then flagged down a state police mobile command post that was traveling on the northbound side, they stopped and helped and started cpr on the man until ambulances arrive...So thanks tom my son Tim Healey and his friend Brian Silva they are heros in my eyes...
Virginia Fernandez December 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Thank you Tim and Brian. That was a very kind and brave act. That was my father-in-law you pulled out of the wreck. May God bless you. Amy, you raised a wonderful son who picks great friends. Thank you, Debbie, for your kind words and prayers. We are still praying and hoping.
Maureen (Pierce) Melloni December 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Tim Healy, Brian Silva, Truck Driver and State Trooper - I would like to first say God Bless You - yes I agree with Amy, you are all heroes. That was my father in the vehicle, who you all risked your own lives to save. His condition unfortunately is extremely critical. My deepest appreciation. Maureen (Pierce) Melloni
Joanne Tran December 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Maureen I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.. Joanne McDonald Tran
Saber Walsh December 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Maureen, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your dad.
Steve Hanlon December 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Maureen, Allison and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
Rachel Eaton December 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I am praying for your dad. I passed by before any rescue teams were there. I was praying the whole way home that the person in the car was okay. I actually stopped my car for the two guys who ran to help. It is amazing that people are willing to help other. Please thank them. I hope your dad is okay, I will continue to pray.
bjean December 13, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Why was an 84 year old on oxygen driving in the first place? Common sense, my God. I am glad he is ok but senior drivers need to be tested and their families need to intervene for the family members and everyone else's safety!
Vanessa A December 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Bonnie jean- you are clearly extremely uneducated. Just because a person is on oxygen does not mean they loose their ability to drive a vehicle. Being on O2 allows people to receive extra amounts of oxygen to assist them in breathing. This assistance has no damaging effect to the abilities a person may have such as operating a vehicle. Before you make comments like that you may want to consider the fact that many older citizens are in good health and that because they receive some form of assistance does not deem them 'senile'. If you took the time to read the comments above you will see that he is in an extremely critical state and not just "ok". Have some compassion for this family who needs our prayers.
BigRay December 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Bonnie, you have no compassion for this family and this man! You should be ashamed of your posting a comment like that when the family is going through a difficult time and has commented on this site how grateful they are for the assistance their father has received. Maybe you will be educated by Vanessa's comment.
bjean December 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I do have compassion and for your information I do hold degrees. My statement about the oxygen is from experience with my elderly family members. Obviously there is a health condition and I never implied or have thought that being on oxygen means being senile. From looking at this story, I see someone who's family members should have intervened. 84 years old is too old to be driving. I do have sympathy, of course. But there has to be a cutoff point. I do not feel "ashamed" for my post and I do not need to be "educated" by anyone. I have the right to my opinion and I feel bad that this man was driving to begin with. I have seen too many stories of elderly drivers hurting people because they do not want to hand over the keys! And yes, younger drivers are dangerous as well, but it just seems like there have to be better ways to monitor these elderly drivers. I don't want one of my children getting hurt or killed because someone has elderly reflexes or because the gas pedal stuck! And my husband was in an accident with an 80 year old woman who backed out of her parking spot and crashed into my husbands SHUT OFF AND PARKED TRUCK!!! She was confused and had no idea she was halfway up his hood. I have no patience for this!
BigRay December 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
last comment for you because I can see "I can't fix stupid"
Jessica F December 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
What a nerve! First off….I have an 82 year old grandmother on oxygen, she can walk, talk, has all her marbles, just can't breathe well, doesn't mean she cannot drive...Common sense! Second, if you are so quick to comment on facts you do not have, READ that he is in critical care.... If you had a family member on oxygen, maybe they had other medical issues, everyone’s situation is different...again common sense. You don't know anything about this poor man, so you shouldn't be judging. Yes everyone is entitled to an opinion, but should form their opinion with facts or knowledge, not ignorance. Would you say the same about a 60 year old on oxygen? I doubt it! What if he was healthy otherwise and had a heart attack? There are many possibilities, and you are making an assumption on nothing.
Jo Fitz December 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Jo I agree that Bonnie-Jean has a true misconception of 80 year old's, being old does not mean you are not SHARP!. And really is there a need to make a negative comment when someone's life is on the line! You should be ASHAMED!
Jessica F December 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
You must be young..... I know people in their 80's who bowl, golf, dance, ski etc....so their ability to drive shouldn't depend on age. You take away their license just because they have hit a certain age and then they cannot have their independence or social life? What about all the people who drink and drive? the inexperienced drivers? The texters? The underage drinking and driving? Motorcycles? Have you seen all the articles for those accidents? I bet there are more of those then elder drivers. Everyone person behind the wheel can be a danger to society, you just never know! You should be ashamed, and because you are not.....people get what they deserve, so I am sure karma will get ya, or at least God will have something in store for you.
Jeff F December 13, 2012 at 09:27 PM
All of you need to grow up and stop the bickering out of respect for this man and his family. This is disgusting. This should not be a forum for bunch of whiny children attempting to prove their point! We don't care about your opinion on elderly drivers...this is not the time nor the place to make such an argument. I have strong feelings on this topic as well...but my parents brought me up better than to spew my personal opinions on an article about an injured man. I am ashamed by the behavior of the immature children on this board....enough is enough.
bjean December 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
@ Jessica, karma...I would say that would happen when you get smashed into by an old person. I am not "stupid'" "ignorant " or any of those other things you'd like to spew. I truly hope the man gets better and that things like this should not be happening. And yes I am young, I'm also a mother. Safety first from all drivers. @Jo Fitz I am not ashamed of my opinion. Get over it.
Jeff F December 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM
This is not the time nor the place for you to spew your nonsense. You are entitled to your opinion, but your insensitivity to the man in this story is despicable. Go find an another article to use as a platform for your immature bantering. How would you feel if this man was your family member and people were posting this garbage on his article? Based on your behavior on this blog I would assume you wouldn't care all that much. Being a mother does not excuse your behavior nor does it lend any credence to your argument. Time to grow up...would you want your children reading all these comments about you after a major accident???? Would you want to read all of these negative comments if one of your children got in an accident? Would that be an appropriate platform to vent my frustrations about teenage driving?????
bjean December 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
It's a public forum. I am not posting "garbage", if you don't like it don't read it. And, I think the family should have not allowed a sick, elderly man on the highway at 9 o'clock at night! Really people, this is the real world-get a clue! PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY! Own your actions!
Jeff F December 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I guess you always have to get the last word. How endearing. I hope everyone just stops responding to your inane, age-discriminatory, ramblings. My prayers are with this poor man and his family....and THAT is what this article should be about.
Kevin P December 14, 2012 at 02:56 AM
The man, my uncle, passed away today at 4:30. He was a wonderful, kind and generous man who will be missed by all those who had the good fortune to have known him. Thank you to those who took the time to offer their prayers and good wishes.
Gerald Lepone December 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I personally know the gentleman involved in this terrible accident. His age is irrelevant. He has always been physically active and a most compassionate gentleman. Let's be civil and respect the victim and his distraught family. There are many folks out on the road who are irresponsible drivers. Save your disdain for those who text while driving, drive under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and those who speed and have total disregard for the safety of others.
Virginia Fernandez December 14, 2012 at 03:24 PM
How dare you! Based on little or no information!!! Michael E. Pierce / Son
Chris Hebert December 14, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Bonnie-Jean, your lack of tact & sensitivity in posting your opinion here is appalling. Yes, you're entitled to your opinions, but this is not the time or place to be airing them. I hope your children are not being raised to be so disrespectful of others' feelings. To Maureen & family, my thoughts & prayers are with you.
Karen Tyler December 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Bonnie, just shut up!

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