ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) - State Police are investigating after a Methuen man was seriously hurt after he was hit by a vehicle on Route 495 northbound, near the Tewksbury-Andover town line Wednesday night.
Officials said the 52-year-old was struck at mile marker 94 on Route 495 at 7:20 p.m. by a Toyota Corolla. First responders rushed the 52-year-old man to the hospital with serious injuries. Officials said he is expected to recover.
According to a State Police spokesperson, a preliminary investigation found the Toyota was traveling northbound in the far left lane, approaching the Route 133 on-ramp when the incident occurred. Reports indicated that near the ramp, the pedestrian apparently emerged from the tree line and ran across 495, from east to west.
The Toyota appeared to hit the pedestrian in the left lane “at a high rate of speed” before veering into a grassy median, with the driver using their emergency brakes. The driver, a 21-year-old woman from Lawrence, was also taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The incident, including why the pedestrian entered the highway in the first place, remains under investigation, with Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services and a Collision Analysis and Reconstruction unit involved.
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