The accident occurred around 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, after the boy reportedly lost control while travelling down the ski slopes at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, which resulted in him crashing into a tree.
The boy was moving fast enough that he sustained serious injuries to both his arms and legs upon impact with the tree.
Immediately after the crash, the boy was treated by the Nashoba Valley Ski Patrol and the Westford Fire Department, who arrived at the scene at approximately 4:30 pm, following a report by other skiers that the boy was injured. The Westford Police Department were also present at the scene of the accident.
Although the boy’s injuries were serious and left him in critical condition, his injuries were deemed “non-life threatening,” according to a report issued by the Westford Police Department.
Following the arrival of the first responders, the boy was flown via medical helicopter to the Children’s Hospital in Boston, where he will then undergo treatment in the emergency room by medical professionals. The boy’s condition is currently unknown.
The exact causes of the accident still remain under investigation by the Westford Police Department as of Saturday, January 8.
This is not the first incident of a skiing accident at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area. In 2015, a 13-year-old boy sustained fatal injuries after a similar skiing accident where he collided with a tree, later succumbing to his injuries.
However, according to a 2015 statement made by Nashoba Valley Ski Area’s General Manager Al Fletcher, that year’s incident was the first and only ski-related fatality of which he was aware of in Nashoba Valley’s history.