LOWELL -- Three people, including a pregnant female passenger, were hospitalized with serious injuries as a result of a head-on crash on Westford Street on Saturday afternoon that was reportedly caused by a driver attempting to pass a vehicle illegally.
In all, three vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred about 2 p.m. in front of the Ultimate Bath Store at 1035 Westford St., including a blue Mercury Grand Marquis, silver Volkswagen Passat and black Hyundai Elantra.
The Passat and Marquis had severe damage to their front ends, smashed windshields and airbags deployed with blood stains visible on the Passat's driver's door and on the sidewalk and curb nearby.
Westford Street has single travel lanes on either side of the roadway, separated by a double yellow line with no passing allowed.
According to a woman passenger in the Marquis, who was shaken up, but physically uninjured in the crash that left her vehicle with only a flattened left rear tire, her boyfriend had been driving the car eastbound on Westford Street at the speed limit of 30 mph when the driver of the Passat, trailing behind them, apparently became impatient.
"He tried to go around us, and must not have seen the other car (the westbound Elantra) that was coming the other way, and they crashed," said the woman passenger of the Mercury, who declined to give her name.
A firefighter and tow truck worker at the scene confirmed the woman's account of the crash.
Two occupants of the Passat, including a female passenger who appeared to be pregnant, and the driver of the Elantra were whisked away from the scene by ambulance, witnesses told The Sun. Their identities were not available from police Saturday evening.
Blood spatter could be seen on the door of the Passat, and on the curbing and sidewalk, steps away from the crash scene.
Traffic was blocked off from a 200-yard section of Westford Street for about two hours after the crash.
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