Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday a white Chrysler 300 struck a stone bridge abutment and the engine compartment caught fire.
The right-front passenger, Michael Caira, 26, of Nahant, was transported by medical helicopter to Brigham & Women’s Hospital for treatment of serious life-threatening injuries, said Massachusetts State Police Spokesman David Procopio.
Michael Caira is the only victim still in the hospital, the spokesman said.
He was listed in fair condition at Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The driver, Daniel Madigan-Fried, 24, of Swampscott, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment of serious non-life threatening injuries.
The left-rear passenger, Thomas Joseph Dejoy, 26, of Marblehead, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital and later transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of serious life-threatening injuries, the State Police spokesman said.
The right-rear passenger, Colin Dejoy, 24, of Swampscott, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment of serious non-life threatening injuries, the spokesman said.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the operator failed to negotiate a curve on Stetson Avenue. The reason why he lost control of the vehicle remains under investigation.
The crash is currently under investigation by Sgt. Eric Bernstein of the Massachusetts State Police.
Assisting with the investigation are members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and its Crime Scene Services Section, as well as the Swampscott Police Department.
No further information about specific details of the crash are being released at this time, the spokesman said.
The Massachusetts State Police assumed primary investigative responsibility for this crash at the request of Swampscott Police.
"That request was made to avoid the potential appearance of a conflict of interest, because the operator of the Chrysler has a familial relationship to the Swampscott Police Chief," the State Police spokesman said. "It is common for State Police to take over investigation of local jurisdiction cases with circumstances such as these if local departments request us to do so. We commend Chief Madigan for his integrity in taking the proper course of action and asking MSP to handle the investigation."
State Police will determine whether criminal charges are warranted based by analyzing the evidence and applying the facts to the applicable laws, the spokesman said.