A Thursday morning accident resulted in the guardrail running through a man's leg on Interstate 93 in Salem, New Hampshire.

According to the Union Leader, the accident took place this morning (Thursday) near Exit 1 heading north on Interstate 93. Salem Fire Battalion Chief Randall Young offered “The guardrail went through the passenger compartment of the vehicle.”

The man, who has not been identified, was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston shortly before noon. He was airlifted by Boston Medflight, according the Union Leader. At the scene, first responders were quick to tie two tourniquets on the passenger’s right leg to stem the loss of blood. This was key in preventing a massive amount of blood loss. Young told the Union Leader “Tourniquets are a new thing that we just started carrying in the last four or five years. They likely made a huge difference in how the patient fared."

State police will investigate the crash. The cause is still unknown.

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