Courtesy Salem PD

Nov 7, 2015 9:57 AM

Salem man critically injured in early morning car crash on Main Street

SALEM - An early morning crash on Main Street has left a 23-year-old Salem resident critically injured after he hit several trees and was thrown from his car.

A police officer reported being passed by a car traveling west on Main Street in excess of 90 mph. She activated her lights but was unable to stop the vehicle. She subsequently found the car had gone off the road and hit several trees. The driver was ejected from the car and was found lying face down at the base of a tree.

He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police closed Main Street between School and North Main to complete their investigation this morning. They are not releasing the name of the injured driver until they notify family.

Police say their preliminary investigation shows speed was a contributing factor in the crash. They are continuing to investigate to see if alcohol or narcotics also played a role.

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