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Rollover Accident on Route 16 Sends Seven to Hospital

Two of the victims were "seriously injured," according to a Somerville Fire Department district chief.

Four people were sent to the hospital on body boards, and another three were also sent to the hospital after a Thursday evening rollover accident on Mystic Valley Parkway in Somerville.

The accident happened at about 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of Mystic Valley Parkway (Route 16) and Boston Avenue, near the border of Medford.

Somerville and Medford fire departments responded to the scene along with police departments from both communities and Massachusetts State Police.

Police officers closed off nearby sections of Route 16 and Boston Avenue so emergency personnel could attend to the victims.

The accident happened during rush hour, and fire trucks had to fight their way through gridlock to get to the scene, said District Chief Frank Lee of the Somerville Fire Department.

Once on the scene, "We backboarded four people and there were three that were not backboarded," he said.

"Two of them were seriosuly injured," the district chief said. Some of the victims were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and the others went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford.

This busy intersection is a dangerous one. "Something like this happens four or five times a year," Lee said, adding that firefighters respond to minor accidents at the intersection two or three times a month.

scarlet May 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The rotary just before Boston Ave. where Mystic Valley Pkwy meets 16 is the REALLY dangerous spot -- cars on 16 going north hardly ever yield to cars already in the rotary. They have a yield sign but somehow think it isn't for them...
Chris Orchard May 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
"dbcn," Thanks for noticing those mistakes. They are now fixed. You asked what I suspect is a rhetorical question, but you asked it nonetheless, so I will answer. Yes, sometimes when covering an event like this—a nasty accident—I work hard to get information onto the site as quickly as possible. In this instance, the the accident happened shortly before a Board of Aldermen meeting, so I was also in a hurry to write the article and then dash off to city hall. As a result, I guess I made some silly mistakes. If you don't know, it's just me here at Somerville Patch. I apologize for those two mistakes. If you ever see mistakes, I certainly appreciate the comments and I will fix them as soon as possible.
Cynthia Conrod Finney May 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Isuzu Rodeos are known to be rollover prone death traps.
Cynthia Conrod Finney May 11, 2012 at 03:04 PM
<a href="http://www.thefreelibrary.com/CRASH+VICTIM+WINS+$3.7+MILLION+AWARD.-a083605480">CRASH VICTIM WINS $3.7 MILLION AWARD.</a>
Donal Waide May 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Sometimes, it's a better option to hit the other pedal when the lights are yellow. Hope everyone recovers fully from this idiot behaviour

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