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Manchester man sustains life-threatening injuries in Bedford crash

BEDFORD - A Manchester man sustained life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision on Route 101 during the afternoon commute Monday that also injured a Bedford woman and involved three vehicles.

At the accident scene between Covenant Way and Jenkins Road, police found two destroyed vehicles in the eastbound travel and breakdown lanes that had collided in a head-on fashion a little after 5 p.m.

After a preliminary investigation, Bedford police believe a tan 1999 Ford Contour operated by a 20-year-old Manchester man was traveling westbound when it crossed the yellow centerline for unknown reasons and struck a landscape trailer being towed by a pickup truck traveling east.  The Contour then struck a grey 2004 Chevy 2500 pickup truck also headed eastbound.

The driver of this Chevy was a 49-year-old Bedford woman who was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Contour suffered life-threatening injuries and was ultimately flown to an out-of state hospital.

Traffic on Route 101 was re-routed for nearly two hours while the crash was investigated.

The Bedford Police Department’s Technical Accident Reconstruction Team is currently investigating the crash and is asking any witnesses not yet interviewed by police to call the Bedford Police Department at 472-5113.