Chelsea resident charged with DUI in I-93 multi-car crash

WILMINGTON — A Chelsea resident is being charged with drunken driving following a two-part, multi-car crash on Interstate-93 North about a mile south of Dascomb Road last night.

According to State Police, at about 8:45 p.m troopers responded to a crash that involved six vehicles with one person trapped in one of the cars.

While police and rescue crews were at that scene tending to the injured and attempting to extricate the trapped victim, at about 9:30 p.m. a Dodge Caravan driven by Cisar Bargas-Lopez, 24, of Chelsea, slammed into a Tewksbury ambulance parked in the breakdown lane, police said.

Bargas-Lopez was not injured in the crash, and the secondary crash didn’t injure anyone, either, police said.

Bargas-Lopez was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, having an open container of alcohol in the van, being an unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and breakdown lane violation.

Additional charges may follow, as the crash remains under investigation by troopers from the Andover barracks and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. Bargas-Lopez was to be arraigned today in Woburn District Court.

The initial accident caused non-life-threatening injuries to two people: a 47-year-old woman from Derry, N.H., and a 53-year-old woman from Lawrence, Mass.

They were transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment. Their names were not available this morning.

Several lanes of 93 North were shut during the incident, with only the high-speed lane open for a period of time.