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October 15. 2013 4:09PM

Two men injured after separate Nottingham crashes

NOTTINGHAM – Police believe medical events caused a box truck and an SUV to strike trees in two separate accidents along Route 4 Tuesday.

Area police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded around 9:30 a.m. after the box truck, driven by a local man, drove into a tree along Route 4.

“We think he suffered a medical event,” Foss said, adding police are waiting to hear details about the nature of the incident from doctors.

Foss said officers from Nottingham and Barrington closed down Route 4 for about 10 minutes while firefighters from Nottingham and Lee used hydraulic extrication equipment to free the man. He said Nottingham ambulance crews transported the victim to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.

Afterwards, Foss said police were able to open one lane to allow traffic to pass. He said the accident caused traffic to back up.

Foss said crews from N.H. Department of Transportation responded to deal with the tree, which was hanging “precariously” over the road.

As police were investigating the first crash, Foss said a second one occurred – around 2:45 p.m. - on another part of Route 4.

“Northwood police actually beat us there because we were tied up with the first crash,” Foss said, adding there were plenty of witnesses who explained what happened.

“The second event was a single vehicle which went straight into a tree,” Foss said, adding the second driver, who was not from town, was able to get out of the SUV with the help of passersby.

Police and firefighters from Northwood and Nottingham responded to the second scene. Ambulance crews from Northwood transported the driver to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

As police were still notifying family members, Foss said the identities of both drivers have not been released.

“Everything is still under investigation,” Foss said.

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