Police ID 2 People Killed in Head-On Crash in Salem

The situation was initially reported as a series of crashes caused by one car, but the exact details were not immediately clear

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Two people are dead after a head-on crash Wednesday afternoon in Salem, Massachusetts, officials said.

The Essex County District Attorney's Office said the male driver and female passenger of a Ford Focus sedan were killed in a head-on crash on Highland Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. The driver has been identified as 91-year-old James Newhall, of Marblehead, and his passenger as 55-year-old Margaret Newhall, also of Marblehead.

Another passenger in the Focus was taken to a hospital with critical injuries, Salem police said on Thursday.

According to police, James Newhall was driving north in the southbound lane of the road, causing the crash.

None of the injuries to people in the other vehicle are considered life-threatening, according to investigators.

State police said Wednesday afternoon that they were assisting Salem police with the investigation into the crash, which closed Highland Avenue between Marlborough Road and Ravenna Avenue.

The crash remains under investigation.

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