4 Hurt in Crash That Badly Damaged Car in Wakefield

Images from the scene showed a mangled blue car with its roof taken off by the side of the road

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A car crash Tuesday left four people hurt, two of whom had to be rescued from the badly damaged vehicle, in Wakefield, Massachusetts, authorities said.

The crash took place about 2:41 p.m. at Vernon and Salem streets, authorities said. First responders found the car crashed into a tree, and two people were trapped inside. They were freed by firefighters with hydraulic tools.



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All four people were taken to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries, including one by medical helicopter, according to the Wakefield police and fire departments.

Authorities didn't immediately share the conditions of any of the four people hurt in the crash.

Images from the scene showed a mangled blue Toyota Corolla with its roof taken off by the side of the road, and tire marks on the ground showed where the car drove onto the sidewalk and continued straight into the tree.

Neighbors came out from their homes upon hearing the collision.

"I think I'll hear it in my dreams tonight," said Kimberly Dowdie, who heard the car slam into the tree. "I've never heard a noise like that. Just horrific. We didn't hear any skidding. It was just hitting. A big 'boom.' A couple of big 'booms' I would have to say."

Dowdie says she called 911and then crossed the street with her husband to help.

"There were two teenagers sitting outside the car, and I just kind of sat with them, making sure they were calm and breathing and sitting down and not moving until police and rescue got here," Dowdie added.

A friend of those in the car told NBC10 Boston he heard they were going fast, "just flying" when they crashed.

"They're all good kids. I know all of them personally," Brian Purcell said. "They know what they're doing, but it's just an accident I guess."

The car has been towed from the scene and authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

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