EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 15, 2012

Two women hurt in another serious crash at Route 111/Autumn Woods Road

By Jill Harmacinski

---- — SALEM, N.H. — Two women were injured last night in another serious, head-on accident on Route 111 near the Autumn Woods Road intersection.

Salem firefighters used a Jaws of Life cutting tool to remove one woman who was trapped in her sedan after the 6:30 p.m. crash. The driver suffered a broken leg and was freed from the wreckage in about 20 minutes.

Firefighters cut the roof off the car to free her, Salem Fire Capt. Stephane Cattin said.

The other driver, also a woman, was at the wheel of a small SUV. Both women were taken to local hospitals, one to Lawrence General Hospital and the other to Caritas Holy Family Hospital. A 6-year-old child was also in one of the cars but was not injured, police said.

The identities of the crash victims were not available from the police or fire departments last night.

Police said the crash occurred after a driver stopped on Route 111 east to make a left hand turn. One driver swerved around the stopped driver on the left, crossing the double yellow line, and struck the other car head on, Salem Police Lt. Gary Malisos said last night.

The police department's accident reconstruction team was called out to the crash site to investigate.

A fatal accident occurred in the same area on Sept. 10. A woman driving a Mazda 6 was killed after her car crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer head on. The impact of the crash sent the Mazda down an embankment.


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