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Driver Charged In Billerica Special Needs Van Crash

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21-year-old Melissa Rich is accused of being drunk when she crashed a van carrying special needs patients.

21-year-old Melissa Rich is accused of being drunk when she crashed a van carrying special needs patients.

BILLERICA (CBS) – The driver who crashed a van carrying special needs patients in Billerica is facing a number of charges because police say she was drunk.

An officer spotted 21-year-old Melissa Rich speeding down River Street Wednesday afternoon, going the wrong way. Police say the van swerved across the roadway, blew through two mailboxes, a telephone pole and several people’s yards before hitting a home.

rich Driver Charged In Billerica Special Needs Van Crash

A booking photo provided by Billerica police shows Melissa Rich. She's charged with Operating under the Influence of Alcohol causing Serious Bodily Injury.

The three adult special needs passengers in the van were all taken to Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

One of those passengers did suffer serious injuries.

Rich, a Dracut resident, is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury.

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