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December 15, 2012

Update: Crash closes Essex Avenue; 4 injured

Four people were injured in two-car crash on Essex Avenue on Friday around 8:30 p.m.

Essex Avenue remained closed from Kent Circle to Magnolia Avenue, and the vehicles were still entangled, at 11:15 p.m. as a state police reconstruction crew worked.

At least one victim was taken by medflight from the scene, the others taken by ambulance, one to Beverly Hospital. One of those injured was an off-duty state trooper, according to a source at the scene.

Responders called for a medflight; the flight landed in the upper parking lot at Stage Fort Park.

A pickup truck, driven by woman and traveling west, struck a car carrying the trooper and two woman, traveling east, according to those at the scene.

Sources at the scene said the pickup crossed the center line and moved into the wrong lane; the other driver, seeing the truck coming toward him, moved into his wrong lane. The pickup driver compensated for being in the wrong lane and corrected, T-boning the other vehicle, they said.

A witness also said the pickup was seen being operated erratically on Emerson Avenue earlier.

No more information was available late Friday night. The Gloucester police watch commander, reached at the station, said all details needed to come from Chief Leonard Campanello's office in the morning.

Manchester emergency responders and state police assisted Gloucester police and firefighters.

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