Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 21, 2013

Man pinned under truck at MBTA site

By Bill Kirk
Staff Writer

---- — A man sustained life-threatening injuries after his legs were crushed by a truck at a construction site off Lupine Road last Wednesday.

The man, believed to be in his mid-40s, works for J.F. White Contracting Co., of Framingham, which is doing work on commuter rail tracks, rehabilitating the Shawsheen River bridges off Lupine Road, according to the MBTA web site.

The worker was trying to attach a heavy equipment trailer to the truck when it slid or rolled backwards and over him, according to officials at the scene.

His condition wasn’t available this week. A call to the J.F. White Contracting Co. headquarters was not returned.

The first call on the accident came in at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, according to Fire Chief Mike Mansfield.

The road was closed while crews responded, and it was reopened to traffic at around 2 p.m.

Police and firefighters arrived to find that the man was pinned beneath and between two of the rear tires on the left side of the tractor-trailer unit.

The trailer was carrying an earth-mover. The piece of equipment was a Caterpillar 330D and low-drill attachment that was being taken to another construction site two miles away, according to Mansfield.

While connecting the trailer to the tractor, the truck operator’s lower extremities became pinned under the rear wheels of the tractor, Mansfield said. The total weight of the vehicle is estimated at 138,000 pounds.

Mansfield said that while the man suffered “life-threatening injuries,” he was conscious and alert when he was taken from the scene by Andover Fire Rescue personnel and Lawrence General Hospital paramedics. He was flown to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston via Med-Flight, which landed in the parking lot of Hewlett-Packard off Dascomb Road.

Staff Writer Dustin Luca contributed to this report.