, Salem, MA

March 20, 2013

Storm leads to multiple accidents

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — PEABODY — Police received multiple reports of automobile accidents yesterday as the latest in a series of winter storms brought snow and ice to the region’s roadways.

The accidents began around 2:30 a.m., when a report of a rollover brought police and the Fire Department to the Route 1 split on Interstate 95 south, according to the police log. State police are investigating the accident, but a firefighter said there were no injuries.

At 6:48 a.m., police received a report that a tractor-trailer had gotten stuck in the snow on Centennial Drive. “Officer assisted truck,” police wrote. “Truck now off to side of road.” Police contacted the DPW to salt and sand the area.

A Willowbrae Drive caller reported a hit-and-run accident involving a plow truck at 7:13 a.m. No injuries were reported. Nine minutes later, a two-vehicle crash was reported at Main and Howley streets. A woman was subsequently transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries, and neither car was towed.

A plow driver called police around 10:30 a.m. to report that his truck had damaged a parked car at 129 Lowell St., and he needed help locating the vehicle’s owner. No tows were necessary.

One person was hospitalized after a 1:44 p.m. report of an accident between a Ford F-150 driven by Idelberto Benjamin, 49, of Peabody and a Toyota Camry driven by Joseph McGonigal, 17, of Salem at Central and Tremont streets. McGonigal was transported to Salem Hospital by Atlantic Ambulance, but a firefighter said he didn’t suffer serious injuries.

In Beverly, a police vehicle spun out when it pulled into an unplowed area at 148 Park St. just after 7 a.m., striking a trash truck in the process. The vehicle’s rear passenger quarter panel was damaged. The truck was not damaged. No injuries were reported.

In Salem, police responded to a 4:51 a.m. report that a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Paul L’Heureux of Salem slid through a red light at Derby and Congress streets and struck a Ford box truck belonging to Eddy’s Bakery Products out of Newton, N.H. No injuries or tows were reported.