By Mike LaBella
---- — LAWRENCE — A pickup truck driver and his two passengers escaped serious injuries after his red Nissan Frontier hit a utility pole and cement wall, then rolled over before coming to rest in the front yard of a two-family home.
Police said the two male passengers got out of the vehicle, while the driver had to be removed by firefighters through the windshield. Police said all three men were transported to Lawrence General Hospital by ambulance for injuries that are believed to be minor.
Police responded to a report of at crash at the corner of Ferry and Leslie streets in Lawrence at approximately 9:50 p.m., after a witness reported seeing a pickup truck traveling at an estimated 70 mph on Ferry Street.
Police said the witness told them the driver ran a stop sign at the intersection of Ferry and East Haverhill streets, continued south down Ferry Street before crashing at the intersection of Leslie Street. The pickup truck ended up on its side in the front yard of a home at 2 Leslie St., after crashing through a row of hedges. Sgt. Joseph Cerullo, who was at the scene of the crash, said there were no reports of any other vehicles involved.
Ferry Street resident Bob Ross, who was among a crowd of onlookers, said there has been an increase in speeding on his street ever since the city repaved it a few months ago.
“People speed here all the time,” Ross said. “It’s like a raceway. And since they repaved it, now they go even faster.”
Police said the crash remains under investigation.