By Dustin Luca
---- — ANDOVER — Two people were sent to the hospital yesterday afternoon following a multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer unit that ended with a mini-van in the woods off Interstate 495 near the Interstate 93 exchange.
First responders to the three-vehicle crash, which was reported about 3:55 p.m., found a 2006 Honda Pilot off the highway “on its side just down an embankment,” Andover Fire Deputy Chief Kevin Connors said.
One of the two people in the Pilot had to be extricated, but was “conscious and alert throughout the whole thing,” Connors said. The other individual did not require assistance getting out of the car, he said.
Both people were taken to Lawrence General Hospital. Their conditions and details of their injuries were not available yesterday.
The other two vehicles involved were a tractor-trailer unit registered out of Rhode Island and a Chrysler Town Car registered to a Wilmington resident, according to State Police Lt. Dan Richard.
No one in those vehicles was reported injured, Connors said.
The right lane and breakdown lane of I-495 south were shut down in the area of the crash for around an hour as crews responded and cleared the scene. The lanes were re-opened at 4:55 p.m., Richard said.
The crash is being investigated through the Andover State Police barracks, “and the cause and any potential citations will come out as part of that investigation,” Richard said.