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Marblehead man and woman killed in wrong-way Salem crash, police say

Salem police have identified the two people killed in a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.

James Newhall, 91, and Margaret Newhall, 55, both of Marblehead, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred around 4:30 pm. near 347 Highland Ave, police said in a statement Thursday.

James Newhall was driving a Ford Focus the wrong way on the southbound side of the road, “causing a head-on collision with another vehicle and resulting in several other vehicles crashing,” police said.

Another passenger in Newhall’s car was transported to a hospital in critical condition, police said. Two passengers in other cars were also transported to the hospital.


The road was cleared at 8:15 p.m. police said.

The crash is under investigation by Salem police and State Police.

Madison Mercado can be reached at madison.mercado@globe.com.