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September 17, 2011

Merrimac woman killed in crash on I-93 in Salem, N.H.

SALEM, N.H.  — A 23-year-old Merrimac woman was one of two people killed in a single-vehicle accident just before midnight last night off Interstate 93 north in Salem, N.H.

Karina O'Donnell of Merrimac as well as Michael Joyce, 29, of Stoneham, were killed after the pickup truck Joyce was operating hit a large tree near the Salem rest area, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Joyce was driving a 2006 Ford F250 pickup north on I-93 when he drove through the beginning of the off-ramp to the rest area, police said. The truck traveled off the ramp and into the woods, where it stuck a large tree.

Joyce and O'Donnell sustained fatal injuries in the crash, police said. Officers from Troop B responded to the accident scene at 11:55 p.m. .

The investigation is ongoing, but police said it appears speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Two of three lanes of I-93 remained open while police and rescue personnel worked at the scene. State Department of Transportation workers helped with the closure of the breakdown and far right lanes. Salem fire and police personnel also assisted at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to call NHSP Trooper Juan Infante at 603-223-8985.

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