One killed, four hospitalized in early morning, two-car collision on Route 3 in Chelmsford

A woman was killed Sunday morning after the SUV she was driving on Route 3 in Chelmsford was struck from behind by another SUV with such force, according to state police, that it caused her to roll over and be ejected from the car, along with two other passengers.

Police said the 34-year-old woman was driving a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer with three other passengers northbound in the right lane, when around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, her car was stuck from behind by a man also driving northbound in a 2008 Jeep Liberty.

The driver was pronounced dead at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, according to police. A female passenger from Westmoreland, New Hampshire, was also taken to Lahey and is in critical condition. Police said a 27-year-old female passenger was taken to Tufts Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. And a third passenger, a 31-year-old man from Keene, New Hampshire, was taken to Lowell General Hospital with minor injuries.

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The 45-year-old driver of the Jeep that hit the Mercury was also taken to Tufts with what police said are serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Route 3 northbound was closed for about four and a half hours due to the crash, according to police.

As of Sunday, police said no charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation.

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