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July 3, 2014

AYS director injured in I-95 crash

Crowley reportedly on her way to purchase program supplies

AMESBURY — Amesbury Youth Services director Kathy Crowley was one of four motorists involved in a serious car crash on Interstate 95 north in Salisbury Tuesday morning.

The city-owned Youth Services van Crowley was driving was damaged so heavily that she had to be extracted by firefighters using the Jaws of Life.

The crash closed all but the breakdown lane on I-95 near exit 58B for roughly 45 minutes as Crowley and two other victims were transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. Crowley was admitted and was listed in fair condition as of yesterday afternoon.

The other vehicles involved were two SUVs and a pickup truck; the drivers were from Newburyport, West Newbury and Byfield.

Numerous Amesbury residents took to social media yesterday to wish Crowley well. Photos of the crash could been seen on the “ActionPage System” Facebook page showing the AYS van’s front end heavily damaged.

According to Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray’s aide Evan Kenney, Crowley was on her way to purchase supplies for one of the AYS programs when the accident occurred.

Gray himself wished Crowley a speedy recovery yesterday and wrote a note to her on behalf of the city that was sent along with flowers to her hospital room, reading, “Don’t worry about anything. We’ve got your back! Get well soon!”

Phone calls to AYS were not returned yesterday, but the department’s Amesbury Days Kids’ Day in the Park went off without a hitch.

“The city is currently working on finding a replacement van for Youth Services,” Kenney said. “Existing staff is providing adequate coverage to ensure that our current youth programs are minimally impacted by Kathy’s absence. Kathy’s employees are capable, reliable and very organized.”

No arrests or summonses were issued, but Crowley was the only motorist cited in the crash, according to state police, who are continuing to investigate what caused it.

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