For Immediate Release: 3/23/2017 6:50 pm
Worcester, MA (March 23, 2017) - On Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:52 PM, Worcester Police responded to Lincoln Plaza for a report of a motor vehicle fire near the Dick’s Sporting Goods Store. One of the callers stated that a male was trapped inside the vehicle and they couldn’t get him out.
Members of the Operations Division arrived on scene and observed a pickup truck engulfed in flames. Police also observed a male (later identified as a 51 year old male from Auburn) in the driver’s seat of the pickup. Police attempted to open the doors and assist the victim out of the vehicle, but were unable to do so as the doors were pinned shut from the crash. With the assistance of a good Samaritan, police were able to break out the rear windshield and pull the victim from the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, the victim was transported to a local hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.
Due to the nature of the accident, Worcester Police Crash Reconstruction Unit and the Worcester Police Crime Scene Unit were called to the scene. The initial investigation revealed that the 51 year old male victim was operating his 2009 GMC Sierra pickup in the parking lot of Lincoln Plaza near Lowes. While driving the vehicle, the victim lost control of the vehicle and struck a pallet of stone pavers, a pallet of mulch, a guardrail, and a fire hydrant.
Based on the evidence at the scene, it appears that the vehicle became pinned after striking the fire hydrant. During this time, the accelerator was still engaged which caused the rear tires to spin on the asphalt until they generated enough heat to catch fire. It is believed that the operator suffered from an unknown medical condition which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. There is no more information to release at this time as the investigation is still active. Updates to the victim’s medical condition will be released when they become available.