Boston tunnel crash leaves two critically injured

Two people — a 4-year-old girl and a 24-year-old woman — are in critical condition today following a rollover accident in Boston’s Big Dig tunnel early Sunday morning. Officials say two drivers have been cited after the two females were ejected from an SUV as a result of the accident in the Tip O’Neill Tunnel.

Officials said the car accident occurred when the SUV rolled just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday as it traveled northbound on Interstate 93. According to state police, the accident was caused when a Chevy Malibu in the middle lane attempted to move into the left lane, where the SUV was driving.

Police said that driver of the SUV, a 26-year-old man of Malden, had to take “evasive action” to avoid being hit by the Malibu and swerved to the left, and then swerved back to the right to avoid colliding with a concrete barrier. Police said these sudden maneuvers caused the driver to lose control of the SUV, which rolled over and slid on the driver’s side.

The 4-year-old and 24-year-old were ejected from the SUV after it flipped, and the young girl’s injuries have been described as “life threatening.” The driver of the SUV was cited for driving with a suspended license and for driving with a child not properly restrained. The driver of the Malibu was cited for a marked lanes violation.

State police said four other people, including a 5-year-old child, were also injured in the accident and were admitted to Boston-area hospitals. The victims also include a woman under the age of 21, and a 24-year-old Dorchester man.

It is certainly possible that a personal injury lawsuit could result from this tragic accident. Both drivers could also potentially face greater criminal charges if it is determined that alcohol or drug use was a factor in the crash.

Source: CBS Boston, “Woman and Child Ejected from SUV in Boston Tunnel Crash,” Auf. 5, 2012; Boston Herald, “Two kids among six hurt in tunnel crash,” Laurel Sweet and Chris Cassidy, Aug. 6, 2012