, Salem, MA

January 17, 2013

Morning sees flurry of accidents

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Slippery roadways and a snowy commute led to a number of crashes throughout the region yesterday morning.

Salem police responded to a 6:45 a.m. report of an accident at 290 Canal St. and determined that a woman in a Toyota Corolla had slid into a Ford F-250 that the driver had pulled over to put into four-wheel drive. Neither Manna Whitfield, identified as the driver of the Corolla, nor Matthew Plauche, the driver of the F-250, both of Salem, was injured, according to police.

Ten minutes later, a Nissan Maxima driven by Walden Miranda of Lynn was reported to have struck the rear bumper of an MBTA bus that was picking up passengers at 285 Lafayette St. Again, there were no reported injuries. The bus sustained minor damage, and the Maxima had damage to its front grill and bumper.

Then, at 7 a.m., a Salem man identified as Robert Dee was traveling down Wilson Street toward Jefferson Avenue when he applied his brakes but was unable to stop. Dee slid down the hill and into the intersection, striking the right rear of a school bus before he careened into a parked car. There were no injuries reported, and police didn’t issue any citations.

“It was snowing, and the roads were very slippery,” an officer wrote in the log.

In Danvers, police received 12 reports of accidents between 6 and 10 a.m., none of which was reported to involve injuries. Additionally, police received reports of cars off the road at Burley Avenue and Lindall Street at 6:51 a.m., a car stuck on an icy road at the intersection of Route 128 and High Street at 7:14 a.m., and a car into a hydrant at Centre and Prince streets at 7:18 a.m.

Beverly also saw a number of crashes. A vehicle slid off the road and into a fence at 27 Greene St., according to a 6:25 a.m. item in the log. Then, at 6:55 a.m., a Nissan rear-ended a North Shore Tech bus with eight students onboard after it stopped at a rail crossing near Dodge and Laurel streets. No injuries were reported. Later, at 8:01 a.m., a car reportedly slid into a pole at 4 Harrison Ave.

Peabody police took a report of a vehicle into the woods at Route 128 and Andover Street at 7:06 a.m.

Police in Hamilton and Ipswich said there were multiple reports of accidents during the morning hours. One person was transported to Beverly Hospital as a precaution after an accident that was caused by slippery conditions on Highland Street in Hamilton around 9 a.m., an officer said.