Crash into guardrail leaves car impaled, child injured


NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (WPRI) — A guardrail sliced through the front end of a car in Northbridge, Mass., injuring at least two passengers.

Northbridge police say the guardrail impaled the car when the driver swerved to miss a small animal in the road.

Rescue crews had to cut the front seat passenger, David Brown, out of the car. He suffered serious injuries, according to authorities.

Brown’s 4-year-old daughter, Abbey, was in a car seat in the back seat of the vehicle. Police say the guardrail hit her head.

The driver was not seriously injured.

According to Northbridge Highway Superintendent Jamie Luchini, the guardrail involved in the crash was not an X-LITE Guardrail, which has been the subject of previous reports. Luchini said the guardrail involved in this accident is made of stainless steel and has a rounded end. He said it was several years old and was not meant to absorb the impact of a crash.

We apologize to Lindsay Transportation Solutions for referencing their product in relation to this incident in a previous story, as it was not an X-Lite guardrail involved in this accident.

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