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Five children among six hurt in Rochester crash

By John Quinn
Union Leader Correspondent

April 28. 2013 11:51AM
Rochester firefighters used hydraulic tools to extricate an 8-year-old boy who was seriously injured and airlifted following a three-vehicle accident along Route 125 Saturday. (Courtesy photo) (Courtesy)

ROCHESTER – Several children, including an 8-year-old who was airlifted to Maine Medical Center, were sent to the hospital following a three-vehicle crash along Route 125 Saturday afternoon.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded around 5:03 p.m. after a southbound 2001 Chevy 1500 pickup, driven by Edward Crowley, 68, of Gonic, struck the driver's side of two vehicles heading northbound along Route 125 – Gonic Road - at the off ramp of exit 12 off the Spaulding Turnpike – Route 16.

After leaving the off ramp, the pickup struck a 2003 Chevy Blazer, driven by Joan Chesser, 27, of Gonic, before hitting a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Shannon Taber, 38, of Gonic, according to police.

There were four children – ages 8, 7, 5 and 1 – who were passengers in the Blazer.

Firefighters extricated Chesser's 8-year-old nephew, who was flown to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Paramedics transported her three children to Frisbie Memorial Hospital, according to police.

Taber and her 5-year-old son were driven to Frisbie Memorial in another private vehicle.

As a result of the crash, Route 125 was closed between Main Street in Gonic and Brock Street. The southbound off ramp of Route 16 also was closed until around midnight.

Members of the Strafford County Regional Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation, which remains ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Officer Turner at (603) 330-7127.

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