By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police say a minor traffic accident on Traders Way yesterday afternoon led to a physical confrontation between two drivers in the parking lot of the nearby Burger King.
Officers were driving on Highland Avenue about 2:30 p.m. when they “came across what appeared to be a fight” outside the restaurant, according to the incident log.
Police found five or six people in the area, two of whom were men with bloody lips. Both stated the altercation began after a minor accident on Traders Way during which one tried to enter the other’s lane.
After the accident, both pulled into the Burger King parking lot, where the fight began. One said the other had “exited the vehicle and began arguing and pushing him,” but the other denied being the aggressor and said the first had started the fight “by pushing him first.”
One witness said she had seen one of the men strike the other with his knee. Another witness reported having seen the same thing but believed it had been done in self-defense.
The accident caused very minor damage to one of the vehicles, and neither of the men required medical attention, according to the log.
“Both parties were checked for warrants, and both came back negative,” wrote police. “Both parties were advised that a report would be on file and that they could seek charges against each other in district court if they chose to do so.”
There were no citations or arrests.