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Horrific Head-on Crash in Chelmsford

May 30, 2018 GMT

CHELMSFORD -- Janet Amiro was inside her home at 90 Westford St. getting ready to run an errand Tuesday afternoon when she heard the sound of a violent crash outside.

“I didn’t hear the cars or the squeals or anything,” Amiro said. “I just heard the crash. The sound was horrific.”

After running from her home, Amiro witnessed two damaged vehicles involved in the crash. One man was in the process of exiting one vehicle -- a damaged pickup truck.

“I went over to the other car and the driver was slumped down in his seat,” said Amiro, who called out to her neighbors to call 911.

“The person was in severe distress,” Amiro said. “I had my hand on the driver’s arm, talking to him, just saying, ‘Stay with me. Help is on the way.’ But I don’t believe he was conscious at all.”

Chelmsford police revealed in a press release shortly after the wreck that a 39-year-old Lowell man who Amiro tended to suffered life-threatening injuries after the car he was driving and the pickup collided head-on around 3 p.m.

The 39-year-old was unresponsive at the scene. Chelmsford police officers removed him from the Subaru vehicle and began to perform CPR before he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 30-year-old Chelmsford man, was transported to a local hospital for lower body injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by Chelmsford and state police, and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

Westford Street was closed in both directions between Churchill and Brentwood roads as police investigated. Both vehicles displayed heavy front-end damage, with the brunt of the damage shown on the front driver’s side of the Subaru.

Many drivers turning off Westford Street onto Brentwood Road, to follow the police detour, slowed to catch a glimpse of the wreckage with stunned looks on their faces.

Police said one lane would remain closed into the evening as accident reconstruction continued.

Amiro expressed heartache from her home roughly four hours after the wreck.

“Now I have to call my youngest son and tell him to be careful driving,” she said.

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