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Merrimack Valley

June 4, 2014

Condition of Methuen crash victim improves

Investigation into accident Monday on I-495 could take 2 to 3 weeks

METHUEN — The condition of a driver in a rollover accident on Interstate 495 on Monday morning has been upgraded from critical to fair, according to a spokesperson for Massachusetts General Hospital.

Alyana Polanco, 19, was injured when she was ejected from the driver’s seat of a 2007 Chevy Malibu heading north on I-495 on Monday. According to Edward Boches, another driver who witnessed the crash, Polanco attempted to change lanes from the left lane to the center lane, in front of a truck. Polanco over-corrected when she swerved back into the left lane, according to Boches, and the Malibu flipped over at least four times.

Polanco of Methuen was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where her condition was critical. Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, she was flown by a medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to spokesperson Kory Zahl. She was in fair condition yesterday afternoon. Zahl could not comment on the extent of her injuries. Fair condition means a patient is conscious, though they may be uncomfortable, and vital signs are stable and within normal limits.

Four other passengers, all from Methuen, were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to state police. Trooper Nicole Morrell said Michael Bowler and Michael Golieco, both 18, were brought to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. Zachary Haded and Brian Reyes, both 19, were transported to Lawrence General Hospital.

Morrell said the crash is still under investigation by a state police accident reconstruction team. Traffic was backed up to Andover for much of Monday afternoon as travel on I-495 North was restricted to one lane.

“There is no determination yet as to the cause of the accident. It could take two or three weeks to piece together what exactly caused the car to roll over,” she said.

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