Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash on Rt. 128 southbound at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Danvers responded to numerous telephone calls for a woman in the roadway on Route 128 southbound, by Exit 20, in Danvers.
According to State Police, upon arrival, troopers found a 49-year-old woman from Manchester on the side of the road suffering from head injuries and numerous lacerations.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Stevie Browning of the Danvers barracks indicates the woman, a passenger in a friend's vehicle, opened her door and jumped out into the road, State Police said. The driver of the vehicle pulled over and stopped to help her friend from the road.
Three other cars collided in an attempt to avoid running her over, police said. A 50-year-old North Reading woman and a 16-year-old female from Lynn sustained non life-threatening injuries in the collision, according to police.
All three victims were transported to Beverly Hospital by ambulance. State Police did not have information on their condition.The right lane was closed for approximately 45 minutes to allow for rescue response and clean up.