Monday, August 16, 2010

3 People Injured in Leominster Crash

Another Friday afternoon accident, this time on Union Street in Leominster, sent 3 people to the hospital, two with life-threatening injuries.

According to police, the 2-car accident occurred when Norman Henry of Leominster, driving a blue sedan, rear-ended a couple driving a red Toyota as they attempted to take a left turn onto Tisdale Street.

The male driver in the red Toyota was thrown into the back seat in the crash.

Both people in the Toyotoa, Michael Tantillo of Leominster and Elizabeth McCann of Bolton, were trapped in, so Fire Department rescue workers had to use the Jaws of Life to save them from the vehicle.

Deputy Fire Chief Scott Cordio said, "We tried to have them LifeFlighted, but helicopters in Worcester and Boston were tied up."

Tantillo and McCann were rushed to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, while the Henry was taken to HealthAlliance Hospital/Leominster.

The sedan driver, Henry, is facing charges of operating under the influence of liquor, operating a motor vehicle negligently, a marked lanes violation and speeding as a result of an accident.

According to witnesses, Henry was speeding and allegedly drunk when he rear-ended the couple.

This accident is another example of the destructive power of alcohol while operating a vehicle. We hope that Tantillo and McCann will have a speedy and full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

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