SWAMPSCOTT — State Police will lead an investigation into a fiery car crash early Saturday afternoon at the request of the Swampscott Police because the driver of the vehicle is Police Chief Ron Madigan’s nephew.
“The Swampscott Police asked Massachusetts State Police to handle the investigation, even though the crash occurred on a road with local jurisdiction, because of a familial relationship between the driver of the vehicle and the Swampscott chief,” State Police Spokesperson David Procopio said in an email Monday evening. “It is something Massachusetts State Police does for local departments periodically, upon their request, to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. It is the proper course of action and Chief Madigan should be commended for initiating it.”
Procopio said the driver is Madigan’s nephew but had no other information about the identities of those involved in the crash.
Madigan could not be reached for comment Monday evening. A Swampscott Police spokesperson referred questions to the State Police.
Procopio said the investigation is ongoing but the crash occurred on Stetson Avenue and involved a single vehicle that crashed into a stone bridge abutment as the road curved to the left.
One passenger was transported by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Procopio said. The driver and two other passengers were transported by ambulance; one with serious injuries was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Procopio said.
“Why the operator failed to negotiate the curve is under investigation,” Procopio said.
A spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Monday no charges have been filed in the incident.
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