Correction And Update Regarding Route 38 Crash
Jul 31, 2015 05:10PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Earlier this week, Your Tewksbury Today published multiple stories regarding a three-car accident that took place Monday morning on Route 38 near Mahoney's Garden Center.
Information published in the initial report came directly from a member of the Tewksbury Fire Department answering a phone inquiry.
In the past, the Fire Department has proven to be extremely reliable in the information it provides.
In this one particular situation, the information proved to be almost entirely inaccurate.
We should have double checked this information before publishing. We apologize for the mistakes in the stories that ran and any pain this may have caused and their families.
Having gathered additional information from those with first-hand knowledge, here is our latest update:
An elderly Tewksbury man sustained life-threatening injuries on Monday, as the result of a three-car accident on Route 38, near Mahoney's Garden Center.
80-year-old Forest Winslow, who lives on Carnation Drive, was taken by Med-Flight to Brigham and Women's Hospital following the crash. He is presently in the intensive care unit and his condition is considered extremely critical, according to a family member. He sustained a fractured neck, a severe gash on his head and bleeding on the brain.
The accident took place around 10:45 a.m. as Winslow, driving a Lincoln Town Car, travelled south on Route 38. An SUV, carrying a woman and three children, was stopped to make a left turn into Splash Car Wash. According to a witness, Winslow's Lincoln struck the SUV from behind at full speed, making no effort to brake.
The SUV was pushed into the northbound lane, where it struck a third vehicle, a pickup track along the driver's side door.
Despite an earlier report, the airbags of the SUV did not deploy. The woman and her children sustained minor injuries and were checked out at the emergency room but did not require hospitalization.
The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
After the crash, the driver of the SUV left her vehicle to tend to Winslow. She and a witness to the crash stayed with him until paramedics arrived.
The State Police Accident Reconstruction team is investigating the cause of the crash.