2 Seriously Injured in Violent Crash in Methuen

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Two people were thrown from their car when the vehicle hit a stone wall and went airborne late Monday in Massachusetts, leaving them seriously injuried.

The crash happened at about 10:40 p.m. on Route 113 near Dracut, Methuen police said. The car, a 2006 Audi convertible, was heading east on Lowell Street when it left the road, hit a wall and then clipped a tree while airborne. Both occupants were ejected from the car.

One person was trapped under the vehicle. After they were freed, both occupants were taken to an local hospital, according to Capt. Randy Haggar of the Methuen Police Department.

Authorities identified the vehicle's occupants as Methuen residents Matthew Spanner, 19, and Gabriel Hernandez, 22.

Hernandez was taken to a hospital in Burlington with critical injuries. Spanner was taken to an area hospital, where he is in stable condition.

One of the occupants initially told authorities there were only two people in the car, then later said there were five. Although authorities believed there were only two occupants, they searched the area with a K-9 as a precaution.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Methuen Police Department at 978-983-8698.

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