Two-car crash with serious injury in Salem

The accident was reported just before 1 p.m.

UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Salem Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said the driver of the Honda, who identified himself to Patch as Aleci, was at fault in the crash and was taken for a blood test.

Patten said impairment on the driver’s part was not suspected but did anticipate he will face charges related to the crash.

Patten said the female driver of the Volvo was transported to Lawrence General Hospital where she was then taken by Medflight to a Boston hospital.

He described her injuries as “life-threatening.” Patten did not have an identification for her.

He said the Salem Police Technical Accident Reconstruction team was investigating the crash.

UPDATE, 2 p.m.: Route 111 has been re-opened after a crash that injured one heavily damaged two four-door sedans in North Salem Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of one of the cars, Vincent J. Aleci of Haverhill, Mass., said he was traveling east on Route 111 in a red Honda Accord and was looking for a place to use a restroom.

“I wanted to stop somewhere,” Aleci said. “I was coming around the bend. I looked up and she was right in front of me.”

According to Aleci, the female driver of a green Volvo S40 was on Zachary’s Crossing at the Route 111 intersection when he hit her.

Aleci’s vehicle crashed into a road sign in the Zachary’s Crossing median and snapped it off at the bottom.

His vehicle suffered heavy front-end damage while the Volvo sustained heavy driver’s side damage.

Aleci said he suffered scratches on his hand. He was hopeful the female driver would be alright.

EARLIER STORY: Police are at the scene of a two-car accident with serious injuries at Zachary’s Crossing Road and Route 111 in Salem.

The crash occurred around 12:55 p.m., according to emergency radio broadcasts. Two people were removed from the vehicles, and one, described as a woman in her 20s, is being taken to Lawrence General Hospital with serious injuries. One of the cars involved has Massachusetts plates, and the other has New Hampshire plates.

The crash is causing delays, with traffic headed east on Route 111 being diverted down Zachary’s Crossing Road.