Three injured in Salem car-truck crash

SALEM — A violent two-car accident on Willson Street sent three people to the hospital early yesterday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tony Coelho, the driver of a truck, told police that a red Ford Mustang was exiting from Salem High School’s back driveway at an excessive rate of speed — he estimates 50 miles per hour — when it went out of control, up onto the sidewalk and into his door. The impact momentarily lifted the truck off the ground.

Nevertheless, the two men in the truck survived the collision without injury. When police arrived, according to their log, a passenger in the Mustang, Julie Matvichuck, was standing outside the vehicle while the driver and a front-seat passenger, Marco and his brother Alex Carvajal, were still wedged inside.

Both had been “bloodied” and appeared seriously injured, according to the police report. The car’s air bags had both deployed, and there was “considerable front-end damage.”

Matvichuck told police that the Mustang had come out of the school grounds speeding and “spinning its wheels.” She could not remember what happened after that.

Matvichuck was taken to Salem Hospital. The Carvajal brothers received medical attention from Atlantic Ambulance personnel before being taken to the Massachusetts General Hospital emergency room, where they were treated and released.

Sgt. Kate Stephens and Patrolman Frederick Dubiel responded to the accident.

Marco Carvajal will be summonsed for speeding, driving dangerously and failing to stop at a stop sign.