Three-vehicle crash closes stretch of Lafayette Street in Salem Monday morning

A three-vehicle accident involving a car, an SUV and a flatbed truck at 9 a.m. Monday sent one person to the hospital and briefly closed a stretch of Lafayette Street, from Loring and West streets to Clifton and Forest avenues in Salem. 

SALEM — A three-vehicle accident involving a car, an SUV and a flatbed truck at 9 a.m. Monday sent one person to the hospital and closed a stretch of Lafayette Street, from Loring and West streets to Clifton and Forest avenues, for a half an hour. The driver of a 1999 Toyota Highlander was transported to Salem Hospital by Atlantic Ambulance. Patrolman Victor Ruiz responded to the accident in the vicinity of 320 Lafayette St. According to the log, the operator of a 1998 Volvo sedan, Brain Don of Beverly, told police "solar glare" caused him to rear end (the Toyota Highlander) and swerve" into the 2005 Freightliner. The Volvo suffered heavy front-end damage. The operator of the Highlander, Genara Toribio of Salem, was taken to Salem Hospital. The driver of the flatbed, Russell Stewart, appeared uninjured at the scene. Police cited Don for a marked lanes violation. Bouchard and Sons of Salem towed both the Highlander and the Volvo from the scene. Salem Engine 5 responded to the scene. 

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