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Medford one-car accident sends couple to hospital

A single-car crash involving an older couple closed a busy east Medford street for more than an hour just after noon on Friday.

According to Medford police Sgt. Curtis Whipple, at 12:09 p.m. a Toyota Camry was seen driving at a high rate of speed near the intersection of McAndrews Road and Summit Avenue.

The Camry left the road for unknown reasons and smashed into a fire hydrant and a pole supporting a traffic light.

The impact caused significant damage to the car, ripping away the doors and sending glass and debris across the intersection.

The driver was identified as Margaret Cressy. She suffered critical injuries and was rushed to a hospital, where she remained late Friday, Whipple said.

Passenger Leonard Cressy also was transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Whipple did not have the couples' ages, but said they were elderly.

Whipple said a Medford officer in the area witnessed the crash and was on scene in less than 10 seconds.

"It was raining and cold at the time, but it doesn't appear weather was a factor," Whipple said.

The intersection was closed for more than an hour while investigators worked the scene.

An older couple in a sedan crashed Friday into a fire hydrant and traffic signal pole at the intersection of Summit Avenue and McAndrews Road. Bob Pennell / Mail Tribune - Bob Pennell