State police taking over Swampscott investigation involving chief's nephew


SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. ( – Mass. State Police are taking over an investigation into a car crash that occurred Saturday afternoon in Swampscott because the driver of the car is the nephew of Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan.

According to The Daily Item, police in Swampscott asked state police to handle the investigation in order to avoid a conflict of interest.

Four people were injured in the single-car crash that occurred on Stetson Avenue. The car allegedly crashed into a stone bridge abutment as the road curved left. It is unclear why the driver failed to negotiate the curve, Procopio said.

One passenger was transported by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver and the other two passengers were transported by ambulance. One of those passengers was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital with serious injuries, reports the newspaper.

An investigation is ongoing.

As of Monday, no charges had been filed, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.