The victim of a serious crash in Lakeville has undergone life-saving surgery and is said to be stable and improving, the man's family tells the Lakeville Fire Department.

On Oct. 11 the 73-year-old man was driving a Toyota minivan that collided with a black hatchback in front of Joe's Gas on Rt. 18. The minivan left the roadway and hit a metal signpost, photos from the scene appear to show. The crash victim was extricated from the minivan and rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital by Lakeville first responders.

The driver of the hatchback, a 41-year-old West Bridgewater man, was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI, the Lakeville Police Department later said.

The family of the crash victim gave the Lakeville Fire Department permission to share their loved one's condition, the department said on Facebook. The family said their loved one had undergone hours of life-saving surgery at the hospital. They reported that the man's spine had to surgically repaired in order to prevent paralysis. The man is stable and is reported to be improving, the family reported.

Lakeville Fire Dept.

The Lakeville Fire Department said its members were grateful for the update. "As we all know, not all incidents have a positive outcome," the department wrote. "We are hoping for continued improvement and we send our prayers to him and his family."

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