Man, young girl survive serious crash in Somerset

Photo: Somerset Police Department
Photo: Somerset Police Department

SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — A man and his young daughter were rushed to the hospital Friday after their car was crushed by a tractor trailer in Somerset.

According to police, the car ran a red light at the intersection of Route 6 and Lees River Avenue just before 7:30 p.m.

Somerset Police Chief George McNeil said it’s nothing short of a miracle that everyone survived.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s incredible,” he said. “It looks like a fatality but fortunately there isn’t one.”

“I heard this boom so I thought I blew a tire, but as I looked through my rear-view mirror I see I’m dragging a car,” said Ben Fowler, who was driving the tractor trailer. “I just got out and I was hoping everybody was OK, just praying that that guy and that little girl was OK.”

Inside the crushed car was a girl of just 5 or 6. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The man behind the wheel, a 30-year-old man from Somerset, suffered severe facial injuries but is also expected to recover.

“We went over to the truck and all we could hear was the little girl screaming, ‘help me, get me out of here,'” said Nathan Pereira, who rushed to help after witnessing the crash.

Police said there was drug paraphernalia in the car and they’re working to determine if the driver was under the influence. They said it’s still too early to say if he’ll face charges.