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May 9, 2008

Danvers nurse critical after two-SUV crash

DANVERS — A 32-year-old woman from Danvers is in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital following a two-vehicle crash on an Interstate 495 on-ramp in North Andover yesterday.

State police said Stephanie Masick was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee at 6:45 a.m. from Route 114 to the interstate's northbound on-ramp when she lost control and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road.

Police say the vehicle then went back across the ramp and three lanes of northbound traffic.

Masick's Jeep was then struck by another vehicle, a 2003 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Carol Stankiewicz, 50, of Dracut.

Masick was taken to Lawrence General Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Boston.

State police said Stankiewicz, who suffered minor injuries, was wearing a seat belt but did not say whether Masick was wearing one.

Masick has a nursing license and graduated from Northeastern University in 1999. Her family could not be reached for comment.

The crash shut down the left and middle lanes of the northbound side of the highway for two hours.

The crash is being investigated by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The North Andover Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Staff writer Bruno Matarazzo Jr. contributed to this report.

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