DANVERS — State troopers plan to charge a Seabrook, N.H., man with impaired operation, child endangerment and a marked lanes violation after he went off the road, hit a fire hydrant and rolled his Chevrolet pickup on Route 1 north early Friday afternoon, police said.
The man's 2-year-old daughter, who was in the truck, escaped injury, state police said. The accident was reported shortly before 12:30 p.m. A half-hour later, the truck could could be seen lying on its side at the top of the ramp, its roof cut off by first responders.
Both the driver and the girl were taken by Lyons Ambulance to Beverly Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, fire Chief Kevin Farrell said. A dog, Rocky, was also in the pickup but appeared to escape serious injury. The broken hydrant flooded the roadway, causing police to close the right lane until 2 p.m.
Fernand R. Fauteux, 27, of Seabrook, was placed under state police guard at Beverly Hospital, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was listed in stable condition, a hospital spokesperson said.
State police plan to charge Fauteux with operating under the influence of drugs, endangering a child by operating a motor vehicle under the influence, and a marked-lanes violation.
During the accident, the pickup hit a hydrant on the ramp to Route 1 north from Route 114 west, flooding the ramp.
The accident scene was on Route 1 to the south of Centre Street, in the area of Motel 6. Traffic backed up in the vicinity of the accident.
The broken hydrant caused water to gush down the on-ramp. Crews were called to shut off the hydrant and deal with the runoff, which flooded the base of the ramp on Route 114. Crews also shoveled away rocky debris from the flood.
Farrell said the call came in as an accident with entrapment, a vehicle on its side that struck a fire hydrant. Passersby were able to extricate the child. One of those responding happened to be a doctor at Boston Children's Hospital who tended to the child, Farrell said.
During the accident, emergency workers were heard saying that a child in a car seat had been extricated from the vehicle, but that the Jaws of Life would be needed to free the unconscious driver. Emergency crews cut the roof off the pickup to free the driver, who was placed on a backboard and stretcher, Farrell said.
A MedFlight helicopter was called in, but Farrell said it was not needed because the driver's injuries were not too severe.
Danvers Fire Engine 2 and Rescue 1 responded to the scene, under the command of Lt. Fred Ingraham. Danvers police also responded.
Just a half-hour or so after the first accident, a van crashed into the Zoots dry cleaning drive-through store at 160 Endicott St. Farrell said the driver had a medical issue, and the van jumped a curb, crashed into the store and broke the front window.
The driver was transported to Beverly Hospital.
An employee was at the back of the store and was not injured. The building inspector was called to inspect the building, but found no structural damage.