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Man loses arm in 95/128 ramp crash, troopers find it, rush it to hospital

State Police report a driver failed to navigate the sharp curve from the end of I-95 onto Rte. 128 north around 1:25 a.m., and had his left arm amputated during a crash that involved guardrails on both sides of the ramp.

A state trooper applied a tourniquet and paramedics transported the 28-year-old Randolph man to Boston Medical Center. Troopers then found his arm and rushed it to the hospital in the hopes it could be re-attached (Live Boston photo of a trooper running into the hospital with the arm).

Live Boston reports the man and and his arm were transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where surgeons with particular expertise in limb-reattachment surgery were standing by.

State Police say the driver's passenger, a Randolph woman, was not injured in the crash.

State Police add:

The driver, for reasons still under investigation, failed to negotiate the ramp’s right bearing curve and drove off the the left edge of the road onto the grass shoulder. The car struck a guardrail, then traveled back across the road, where it struck another guardrail along the right edge of the road.

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reattached? i hope so.

thats a scary curve if you dont know it and hit it going too fast.

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If you hit it going too fast, you have to be impaired in some way. There are a billion flashing lights, warning signs, and all sorts of yellow everywhere telling you to slow the fuck down there.

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From the tone of the story seems someone decided the guardrails were more of a significant factor.

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Drivers don't get held accountable for their negligence here in the US. Easier to blame the inanimate object.

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slow the fuck down sign. i will look tomorrow.

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sadly for this guy, it was reattached to Zaphod Beeblebrox though.

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There.are.no.warning.signs. He had no way of knowing.

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Someone from Randolph to be familiar with a highway interchange in the next town over. It's incredibly unlikely he had ever driven on that ramp before.

And besides, those tipping truck signs tell you that the recommended speed of 25 mph really only applies to trucks and not cars!

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Are there any plans to rebuild this interchange?

A freeway-freeway movement really should have a better ramp. In other states this would have gotten a rebuild decades ago.

And the area could also use some pedestrian/bike amenities. Until about 2008 there was a defunct overpass a bit to the west which allowed crossing the highway north from Green Lodge Street, to walk from Route 128 Station to the Blue Hills. It got demolished, and now there's no way to do it.

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Which is why the 24/128 interchange will not be corrected as well.

As far as blaming those who want highways built, you might want to brush up on your history of the interchange a bit.

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You can thank my gg-Uncle Governor Paul Dever......

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That's some good first aid work. Here's to those who know how to help in times of need.

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was among his best. A Farewell to Arms, natch.

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Somebody's life has been changed for the worse, whether the arm is reattached or not.

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Quite funny actually, but to quote French comedian Pierre Desproges, we can laugh at everything but not with everybody (on peut rire de tout mais pas avec n'importe qui).

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"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."
- Mel Brooks

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I'm not sure if "amputated" is the correct word to use in this instance. To "amputate" means to intentionally remove a limb via a surgical procedure. Perhaps "severed" would have been more accurate here. Either way, it's not a pretty picture. I hope the surgeons can reattach the man's arm.

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colloquially it has become accepted to mean an appendage severed by any means.

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I'm not sure if "amputated" is the correct word to use in this instance.

It is. Traumatic amputation is a standard term.

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I have seen many STOP A HEAD signs and never spotted a head. This turn needs a STOP AN ARM sign.

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Kudos to them for (presumably, based on this sentence: "Troopers then found his arm and rushed it to the hospital") sticking around to look for the arm, and then bringing it to the hospital. I don't know if that's SOP, but that's a pretty grisly thing to have to do.

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This is one of the more gruesome stories I've read on Uhub.

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The uHub story says the Brigham, but the Live Boston Twitter with the photo says BMC.

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The patient (and later his arm) were brought to BMC first, and then transferred to BWH, as is stated in the linked Live Boston story:

A Trooper applied a tourniquet to the victim, before being transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The roadway was shut down while emergency personnel continued to investigate the crash, leading to the recovery of the victims limb. The limb was rushed to BMC before the injured individual was eventually transferred to Brigham & Women’s hospital with the arm, where they had specialists ready to attempt surgical reattachment.
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