MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo A camper that overturned after a collision between its tow vehicle and an out-of-control SUV on Interstate 495 yesterday is lowered onto a flatbed truck as emergency personnel cleared the scene of the accident near the Route 114 exit.

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LAWRENCE — A pickup truck towing a camper was struck by an out-of-control sport utility vehicle on Interstate 495 yesterday afternoon, snarling traffic briefly when the camper overturned in the right travel lane.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, which was reported to state police at 1:06 p.m. The accident happened just beyond the Exit 42B on-ramp at Route 114.

Driving the 1999 Isuzu Rodeo was Yoseni Diaz, 34, of Methuen, according to state police Sgt. Michael Popovics. Diaz was transported to Holy Family Hospital with minor injuries.

Witnesses said Diaz was speeding while on the on-ramp and hit a guardrail before spinning into the right travel lane and striking a 2006 Ford pickup truck driven by Dennis Vanatta.

Vanatta was towing a brand-new camper from Indiana to Newfoundland, Canada. He is an employee of Georgia-based Bennett Truck Transport.

"I saw her hit the guardrail there and I saw her coming my way," said Vanatta. "I couldn't do anything. ... At the rate she was going, completely spun me around."

Vanatta's pickup truck was left facing south after striking the guardrail. It had rear-end damage. Diaz's Isuzu was left with heavy damage to both the front and rear of the vehicle.

Both vehicles were towed along with the camper.

Traffic was reduced to two lanes for a brief period as a result of the accident.

The accident was under investigation yesterday by state police Trooper Gary J. Comeau.

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