Friday, September 14, 2001
Curve Street motorcycle accident claims Carlisle life
Brook Street resident and conservation commissioner Eric Jensen died on Monday, September 10, at Mass General Hospital as a result of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident the previous day. (See obituary on page 3.)
A motorcycle operated by Jensen collided with a truck operated by Daniel Donovan, also of Carlisle, last Sunday at 12:29 p.m. on Curve Street. Jensen had just rounded a slight curve when he hit the truck, and the impact of the collision threw him into a telephone pole. He sustained serious injuries to his head and chest and was transported by Boston Med Flight to Mass General Hospital in Boston.
Police chief David Galvin said that both the Carlisle police and the Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Team are still investigating the accident and no charges have been filed.
Rapid Med Flight response
EMTs and paramedics responding to the accident called for Med Flight evacuation immediately in what fire chief Bob Koning called "a black and white decision" because of the nature and severity of Jensen's injuries. The helicopter, based at Hanscom Field, responded quickly, landing on Hutchins Field at the corner of Curve and Fiske Streets, approximately 100 yards from the accident scene, in less than ten minutes. Carlisle EMTs transported Jensen to the helicopter in the Carlisle ambulance. Koning estimated that flight to MGH took less than ten minutes.
Med Flight is part of a state emergency response operation to which Carlisle has access. Koning estimated that Carlisle had participated in the Med Flight system from the beginning and was instrumental in getting it started. He said that there is an established protocol for handling emergencies and that the alert, the dispatch call to Med Flight, and the determination of loading zones in each town are predetermined. The loading zones are mapped by Loran, so that once the process is set in motion everyone knows how it will proceed and where the pickup will be made. Fortunately, Carlisle had a loading zone near the accident site on Curve Street.
The town remembers
As the news of Jensen's death spread, members of the conservation commission remembered their colleague for his "refreshing honesty" and dedication to protecting the environment. The Carlisle Board of Selectmen, meeting on Tuesday evening, expressed their sadness and held a moment of silence.
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