By Doug Ireland
---- — SALEM — Three people were injured in a seven-vehicle crash early yesterday morning that closed part of Interstate 93 south for more than hour and left many commuters stuck in a miles-long traffic jam.
The accident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. on the Lowell Street overpass between Exits 1 and 2, backing up traffic and causing police to close both southbound lanes.
The three people, none of whom received life-threatening injuries, were taken to area hospitals, according to Capt. Timothy Kenney of the Salem Fire Department.
One of the vehicles burst into flames, but the driver was able to escape safely, Kenney said. Traffic was diverted to Exit 2 and Route 28, he said. The southbound lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m.
Ambulances from Salem and Windham responded. Aid was also requested from Derry because of multiple calls, Kenney said.
New Hampshire State Police did not release any information about the crash, including the names of the drivers injured, the type of vehicles involved, the cause of the crash nor whether any charges are pending.