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Merrimack Valley

May 19, 2012

Salisbury woman dies in crash on I-495

Accident closes highway for hours

A 68-year-old Salisbury woman was killed and two others in her car were injured in a collision on Interstate 495 in Haverhill just before 7 p.m. that police said may have occurred as drivers swerved to avoid a loose dog.

All three northbound lanes of the highway were shut for about two hours.

The identities of the three victims were not available. The two who have so far survived — a 66-year-old man and the 39-year-old woman who was driving — both are from Salisbury, state police said.

The man was flown by Medflight helicopter to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. The driver was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital and then transferred to Beth Israel.

The older woman was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital.

Police shut the three northbound lanes of the highway at exit 49 in Haverhill and diverted traffic to an adjoining access road. Police began reopening the highway at 8:40 p.m.

The accident, which occurred near exit 50 by Route 97, involved two cars, police said. No one in the second car was injured.

The dog was killed.

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