SALEM – Residents of Dracut and Lawrence were hospitalized yesterday after being involved in a major car accident near Exit 1 on I-93 south.

Members of New Hampshire State Police Troop B responded to reports of the crash in Salem at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day.

According to State Police Lieutenant Bryan Trask, three cars were racing each other on the road and “driving erratically” before the crash.

Police said a 2006 Acura RSX racing with the other two cars was changing lanes when the driver lost control of the vehicle, skidded into the breakdown lane and hit a guardrail, causing a 21-year-old male occupant of the vehicle from Lawrence to eject from the car. The car then skidded back onto the road and struck a 2012 Toyota Sienna, operated by a 56-year-old female from Dracut and her elderly parents.

At least four people involved in the crash were then taken to Lawrence General Hospital. Police aren’t certain how many occupants were in the Acura.

The people in the Sienna were taken for evaluations while the occupant of the RSX had serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Trask said police don’t have the names of the people hospitalized nor do they have the information of the other two cars who were allegedly racing on the highway. It is also unclear as to whether or not the Lawrence man was the operator of the RSX.

Interstate 93 was shutdown for about an hour while emergency personnel cleaned up debris and motor vehicle parts left behind by the crash. Police are still investigating the crash and asking anyone with information on the incident to contact Trooper Corey Patterson at 603-223-6193 or

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