I already blogged about the fact that it was a tough weekend on the roads around Massachusetts, and from 11 to 11:30 tonight Lowell proved that I was right.
At least no one did here in Lowell.
About 11 p.m., the car pictured below ran a red light and struck a Ford Explorer on Appleton Street at the Lord Overpass.
Two men, in their early 20’s, were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police said the driver of the car admitted he ran the red light.
Below here is a photo showing the Explorer in the foreground, with the other car in the background.
As I was walking away from the crash pictured here, police and fire were sent to 1990 Middlesex Street for a report that a vehicle had crashed into a wall.
That report was no joke.
A man who was driving a Ford SUV outbound on Middlesex Street struck a pair of utility poles and then took out a 10 to 15-foot section of a very thick brick wall along the side of the road.
It’s worth noting: He struck the exact same pole another guy did just two months ago, on a straight stretch of road.
Somehow he escaped serious injury.
Witnesses at the scene told me a woman jumped out of the SUV, pushed someone aside and ran down the street following the crash.
Police found that woman a block away, though, and she did not have any drugs or contraband on her. She was a passenger in the car. Police said she was a Kenyan woman with a Washington state driver’s license. They’re not sure why she ran, but she is not facing any charges.
And all this happened after Lowell Police quickly broke off a pursuit earlier in the night because a driver who ran a stop sign on Broadway Street accelerated to over 70 mph, on Broadway Street, when he refused to stop for police.
Officers barely even tried to chase him before a street boss ordered them to break off. That’s an utterly insane speed on a street like that.
Lowell, seriously. Take it easy on the roads.
Vehicle crashes claim way more lives each year than murders do. Think about it.