Methuen Students Remain Hospitalized After Bus Stop Crash

Authorities in Methuen reportedly have relocated a school bus stop on East Street after a serious pedestrian accident yesterday morning which injured two Timony School students, one critically.

A Methuen Police spokesperson said two girls, ages 13 and 11, were struck by a pickup truck while crossing East Street at Channing Street. The 11-year-old was airlifted to a Boston Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Investigators believe sun glare was a contributing factor in the accident. The cause remains under investigation by Methuen Police and a State Police accident reconstruction unit.

Police said a 2013 Dodge Ram Truck, operated by a Michael Russell, 65 of Methuen, was traveling Eastbound on East Street when his vehicle struck two Methuen students who were crossing the roadway.

The 11-year-old was transported to Lawrence General Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was listed in critical condition and subsequently airlifted to Tufts Medical Center, Boston. The 13-year-old was transported to Lawrence General Hospital in stable condition, but was  transferred to Tufts Medical Center in Boston via ambulance. Names of the children were withheld because of their ages.