Police cite driver fatigue as cause of turnpike wreck

Photo by STATE POLICE One of the two vehicles involved in a Wednesday morning crash on the Everett Turnpike near the Nashua-Merrimack line lies on its roof after colliding with another car and landing on the median guardrail. The driver, who police say fell asleep at the wheel, was treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.

MERRIMACK – Police said a Nashua woman was charged with negligent driving Wednesday morning following a two-car crash that snarled Everett Turnpike traffic for much of the mid-morning commute.

Colby Rezk, 27, allegedly fell asleep at the wheel while driving south on the turnpike, which police say led to the crash in which Rezk’s vehicle, a 2009 Mazda, rolled over and came to rest on its roof on the guardrail that separates the northbound and southbound lanes.

Police said Rezk’s vehicle rolled over after it struck a 2012 Toyota driven by Andrew Desmond, 41, of Merrimack. Desmond was not injured, but Rezk was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua for treatment of injuries that police said weren’t considered life threatening.

Though the crash occurred on the southbound side of the turnpike, police had to close one lane on each side due to where Rezk’s car landed. Traffic backed up in both directions for a time, but drivers were able to pass through in a single lane without significant delays.

State police, who took the lead on the investigation, were assisted at the scene by Merrimack fire and police, along with a state Department of Transportation crew.

Rezk was given a summons for the negligent driving charge, and is scheduled to appear in Nashua district court on June 5, police said.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.