By Dustin Luca
---- — ANDOVER — A 70-year-old North Andover man was transported by medical helicopter from Route 125 after he crashed into a Route 28 bridge abutment yesterday afternoon.
James Sheridan suffered two broken femurs and severe injuries to his head in the crash, according to State Police trooper Dan O’Brien. He was flown to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was listed in critical condition this morning, according to a hospital spokesman.
The cause of the accident was being investigated, O’Brien said. Route 28 passes over Route 125 in Andover, not far from the North Reading town line.
“He veered off to the side and struck the bridge abutment,” he said. The crash took place while the man was driving north-bound on Route 125.
As crews removed him from his 2011 Ford 500, he was seen moving his arms, showing he was conscious after the crash.
The accident was first called in to police at 1:55 p.m. Route 125 had to be shut down as Andover Police, Fire and State Police responded to the scene.
The medical helicopter landed directly on Route 125 during the accident because several other possible landing zones weren’t available at the time, according to Andover Fire Chief Mike Mansfield.
“We have predetermined landing zones that have been identified in the town of Andover that have been approved by Medflight organizations,” Mansfield said. “Because of the snow and inability to get to some of those sites closest to where the accident occurred, it’s not unusual to have a Medflight helicopter land on one of the roads.”
The Andover Fire Department, which has its own ambulance services, generally has medical helicopters land on public thoroughfares “a half dozen times a year,” according to Mansfield.
“It’s usually on the highways — 495, 93,” he said. “We’re looking at a spot where we can drop that thing — we can land the bird — that’s 200 by 200 [feet].”
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