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WPD Crash Reconstruction Unit Investigating a Three Car Crash on Lake Avenue

For Immediate Release: 2/17/2018 2:08 pm

On Friday, February 16, 2018, at approximately 7:40 PM, Worcester Police Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to a three car collision that occurred in the area of 449 Lake Avenue. The accident happened in the southbound lane. Traffic was detoured from the area by operations personnel for several hours.

Arriving officers provided first aid to two males that were injured, one with critical injuries while the other had serious injuries. All three cars involved were occupied by only the drivers. Worcester EMS and members of the Worcester Fire Department arrived and provided advanced medical procedures. The victim’s were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. There current conditions are unknown at this time.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 54-year-old male was operating his 2013 Toyota Tacoma northbound on Lake Avenue when he attempted to pass a 2004 GMC pickup truck being operated by a 32-year-old male. The Toyota’s first attempt to pass was on the right side of the GMC and ended up striking the right rear bumper. As the vehicles continued, the Toyota then attempted another pass but this time on the left side of the GMC. At this time the Toyota swerved out into the opposite lane and collided head on into a 2014 Toyota Scion being operated by a 27-year-old male.

All three occupants are Worcester residents.

The operator of the Scion had to be extricated by the vehicle with the use of the "jaws of Life." That operator received serious injuries. The operator of the Tacoma is in critical condition.

Recon investigators mapped out the crash scene and processed evidence while interviewing witnesses. The operator of the GMC truck was unhurt and provided investigators with a detailed statement leading up to the collision.

This investigation is ongoing; the vehicles involved will have a full mechanical inspection conducted. No citations have been issued at the time as the investigation is still in the early stages. Citations may follow as the investigation progresses.

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