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March 25, 2014

Woman in ICU after Sunday crash

ANDOVER — A Stoneham woman is in intensive care after a serious two-car crash on Interestate 93 late Sunday night shut down both sides of the highway.

Police were inundated with 911 calls at 9:50 p.m. Sunday night from motorists on the highway’s southbound side, by Dascomb Road, reporting an accident in the left lane and median strip, according to State Police Trooper Todd Nolan.

How the crash took place is still unknown, as accident reconstruction and the state’s investigation continues, according to Nolan.

Involved in the crash were Erica Pagano, 28, of Stoneham, and Derek Taft, 30, of Gilford, N.H. Both were injured and taken to area hospitals, and there were no other people involved, according to Nolan.

First responders arriving at the scene “found a female on scene that had serious, life-threatening injuries,” Nolan said. “A request was made by Andover Fire for a medical helicopter.”

Pagano, the woman with serious injuries, was “non-responsive on arrival,” Nolan said.

With the first calls coming in around 9:50 p.m., the southbound side of the highway was completely shut down at 10:15 p.m. The northbound side was closed at 10:25 p.m. to allow for the landing of the helicopter on the highway, according to Nolan.

Pagano was then air-lifted from the scene to Beth Israel Deaconess Center, where she was being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit yesterday afternoon, according to the hospital.

Taft, meanwhile, was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to Nolan. An update on his condition wasn’t available yesterday.

“At this time, there are no charges pending,” Nolan said. “However, in the course of the crash investigation, we’re not ruling out charges.”

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. No other cars were involved, and neither car involved was carrying any passengers, according to Nolan.

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