WORCESTER – On Friday evening, a three car collision occurred on Lake Ave in Worcester resulting in one operator being extricated from his vehicle by the “Jaws of Life” and another in critical condition.
According to the Worcester Police Department [WPD], around 7:40 PM, the department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the crash. The accident occurred in the southbound lane and other traffic was detoured from the area for several hours.
Upon arrival, officers provided first aid to two males — one with critical injuries and the other with serious injuries. Worcester EMS and Worcester firefighters arrived and provided advanced medical procedures. The victims were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and their conditions are unknown at this time.
The crash involved three Worcester residents, each operating and being the only ones in their respective vehicle. The WPD’s preliminary investigation that a 54-year-old operator of 2013 Toyota Tacoma was heading northbound on Lake Ave and attempted to pass a 2004 GMC pickup truck operated by a 32-year-old male. When the Toyota attempted to pass the truck, it struck the rear bumper. The Toyota then tried to pass again on the left side, but swerved into the opposite lane and collided head on into a 2014 Toyota Scion being operated by a 27-year-old male.
The operator of the Scion had to be removed from the vehicle by the “Jaws of Life” and the 54-year-old operator of the Toyota is in critical condition.
The operator of the GMC truck was unhurt and provided WPD investigators with a detailed statement. Investigators interviewed witnesses, processed evidence and mapped out a crash scene. The investigation is ongoing and each vehicle will have a full mechanical inspection.
No citations have been issued at the time as the investigation is still in the early stages. Citations may follow as the investigation progresses.