WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
The exit 1 ramp off I-190 in Worcester was closed for four hours Friday morning as rescue officials worked to remove a car balanced on the guard rail.
The crash occurred around 10:30 Friday morning when the car reportedly flipped on the off ramp.
“The first thing I heard was a bang, then the screech of the tires and the car was in the air and landed on its roof. It just about tumbled off then went back,” Jeff Damelio, a witness, said.
Veteran fire officials say this was one of the most difficult rescues they’ve ever been a part of.
“It looked like it rolled over. It almost went over the guardrail. It teetering was on the guardrail when we got there,” Worcester Fire District Chief John Conley said.
That dangerous position meant time was passing before emergency responders could get to the two men trapped inside.
“One gentlemen was out of the vehicle when we arrived in the street, he was immediately taken to the hospital. It took a good 30-40 minutes to extricate the two other people in the vehicles,” Conley said.
Two ladder trucks were called in to help stabilize the vehicle rescuers got the two men out from the vehicle.
All three men were taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in critical condition, it is unknown what condition they are in now.
Accident reconstruction teams remain on the scene to determine if more than one vehicle was involved.