August 02. 2013 11:00AM

Speed likely a factor in Litchfield Road crash in Londonderry

Union Leader Correspondent

The driver, a 21-year-old man, was found lying semi-conscious on the side of the road when police and fire officials arrived. (Courtesy)

LONDONDERRY - A local man is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries in a Boston hospital after crashing his car into a utility pole on Litchfield Road Thursday evening.

Police and fire officials responded to reports of a motor vehicle crash just before 8:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, crews discovered a Volkswagen GTI upside-down in the middle of the road near the Kelley Road intersection, Fire Chief Darren O'Brien said.

The driver, described as a 21-year-old man, was lying semi-conscious on the side of the road when police and fire officials arrived.

A paramedic began performing advanced life support care, while crews awaited the Dartmouth- Hitchcock helicopter to transport him to a Boston trauma center.

Police said the initial plan was to fly the man to Massachusetts General Hospital but he was later brought to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center instead.

Litchfield Road remained closed for several hours Thursday night as PSNH worked to repair the damaged pole.

Londonderry police Lt. Tim Jones said investigation into the accident was ongoing and no further information, including the identify of the victim, would be released at this time.

The initial investigation suggests excessive speed was a likely factor in the crash and the victim appeared to have been pulled from his vehicle by a passing motorist.