PEABODY — A three-car crash involving an apparent overdose injured at least seven people and left police and first responders scrambling at the height of rush-hour traffic Monday evening.

At about 8 p.m., Peabody police issued a summons for Jeffrey Driscoll, 40, of 12 Blake St., Lynn, for OUI-Drugs, wreckless operation of a motor vehicle and operating after suspension. Police say he fled the 6:15 p.m. crash at the intersection of Lowell and King street on foot.

According to Lt. Thomas O'Keefe, the crash involved an apparent overdose of a passenger in one the three vehicles involved.

Seven people were injured and transported to local hospitals; none are believed, according to initial police reports, to have life-threatening injuries.

One car is believed to have carried a mother, father and three children, with all being taken to local hospitals.

Police think a second car contained a driver and a passenger, one of whom fled on foot. Police say they are uncertain if Driscoll was the driver or passenger

The seventh injured person was presumably in the third vehicle, but police did not say.

According to police radio transmissions, two Jaws of Life were employed to free the occupants.

Lowell Street is one of the main thoroughfares leading east out of Peabody Square. It intersects with King Street, which turns into Endicott Street there, six blocks from Peabody Square. There is a single lane of traffic in each direction, all governed by stoplights.

The Salem News is following the story and will provide further coverage as it becomes available.

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