Published in the December 16, 2015 editionWPDbadge-web

WAKEFIELD — A fiery car crash sent three people to area hospitals with serious injuries and shut down the entire southbound side of Route 128 in Wakefield for over an hour early this morning.
The one-car accident occurred at 1:18 a.m. on the southbound side of Route 128, just south of Exit 39 in Wakefield and drew Wakefield Police, the Wakefield Fire Department, State Police, Action Ambulance, American Ambulance and MassDOT to the scene.
State Police and the Wakefield Fire Department said that upon their arrival the 2007 Toyota Scion was entirely engulfed in flames in the middle of the highway. At least one occupant was already out of the vehicle when firefighters arrived, according to Fire Chief Michael Sullivan.
A 20-year-old Peabody man along with an 18-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man, both of Salem, were in the car at the time of the crash.
After extinguishing the fire, Wakefield firefighters assisted ambulance personnel with the injured. Two of the victims were taken to Mass. General Hospital and one was taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.
The State Police crash reconstruction team responded to the scene and will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash. As of this morning, there was no information available as to whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.