IPSWICH — A crash on Linebrook Road critically injured three people when the small pickup they were riding in struck a tree around 4:04 a.m. yesterday, according to a press release from Lt. Daniel Moriarty of the Ipswich Police Department.
The three victims were taken to two Boston hospitals for treatment.
Airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston were the driver and the front-seat passenger. An ambulance took the person who was riding in the rear seat of the pickup to Beverly Hospital and then to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston due to the extent of the victim's injuries.
Ipswich police had no further information on the accident as of press time last night.
Ruth Harris of 188 Linebrook Road, a longtime resident of the area who lives not far from the scene, said she got up early this morning, looked out her kitchen window and saw the lights of the emergency crews. Though she did not go out to the scene, she said she saw at least two ambulances transport more than one accident victim. Two of the victims were taken to nearby ball fields on Mile Lane to be transported by medical helicopter.
"It took them 21/2 hours to get all straightened away," Harris said. There have been a number of bad accidents on the road over the years, she said.
Ipswich Patrolman Charles Ciccotelli, Detective Peter Dziadose and state Trooper Dana Atkinson of the accident reconstruction unit are investigating the crash.
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