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Merrimack Valley

October 10, 2013

High school bowling star recovering from I-495 crash

METHUEN — The man injured in Tuesday’s crash on Interstate 495 is recovering at Lawrence General Hospital and in stable condition, officials said.

Massachusetts State Police identified the driver of the van as David Godwin, 23, of Methuen. He was taken to the hospital Tuesday after the white van he was driving collided with a tractor trailer on I-495 north just south of the Route 110 exit.

Trooper Todd Nolan said Godwin suffered an arm injury in the crash. He was driving a van owned by Borrelli’s Italian Deli at about 10:50 a.m. when the van crashed into a tractor trailer owned by Aime Bellavance & Sons of Barre, Vt. The truck driver, a 50-year-old man from Woodbury, Vt., was not injured or cited.

Nolan said Godwin will be cited for making an unsafe lane change.

Vanessa Kortze, a spokeswoman for Lawrence General, said Godwin was in stable condition and recovering the intensive care unit.

The van was seriously damaged on the driver’s side, and was towed from the scene on a flatbed truck.

The left lane on I-495 north was closed for about an hour Tuesday morning while the vehicles were moved and state highway workers cleaned up some oil.

Godwin was a candlepin bowling star while at Whittier Regional Technical School, winning a slew of youth titles around the region and earning a world record for highest game ever at 245.

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