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Two women seriously injured when car slams into truck at Manchester traffic circle

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 22. 2018 7:35AM
Two women suffered life-threatening injuries when their car slammed into the back of a landscaping truck on the Amoskeag Traffic Circle Tuesday night. (Jeffrey Hastings)

MANCHESTER — Fire officials say two women suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday night when their car slammed into the back of a landscaping truck on the Amoskeag Traffic Circle, closing the busy interchange for hours.

Manchester District Fire Chief Henry Martineau said fire personnel responded to a report of a multi-car crash on the Amoskeag Traffic Circle, located at Exit 6 off Interstate 293, around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Martineau, upon arrival fire personnel said it appeared a car carrying two women hit a dump truck from Pillar Landscaping LLC in Bedford, which was stopped at a traffic light.

“It looks like they hit that truck going at a high rate of speed,” said Martineau. The force of the crash pushed the dump truck into a third vehicle, stopped just ahead of it at the same traffic light.

According to Martineau, a female passenger in the car that hit the truck was thrown from the vehicle, while the driver was pinned inside the car.

“The passenger appeared to suffer compound fractures to her legs, along with injuries to her head and other internal injuries,” said Martineau.

Martineau said it took firefighters an estimated 30 minutes to free the driver, also a woman, from the wreckage of her car.

“She also suffered compound fractures to her legs, and crushing injuries to her chest and head injuries,” said Martineau.

Martineau said both women, whose names and ages were not released Tuesday night, were transported to Catholic Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Martineau said hospital staff were considering medflighting at least one of the women to a Massachusetts hospital.

According to Martineau, two men in the landscaping truck and the female driver of the third vehicle involved suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

As of 9 p.m., the Amoskeag Traffic Circle remained closed and the Manchester Police Traffic Unit Collision Reconstruction and Analysis Team was on scene investigating the crash.

Manchester Police Lt. Shawn McCabe said up to four vehicles may have been involved in the accident. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Manchester police at 668-8711 or the Traffic Unit at 792-5440.

No further information was available Tuesday night.

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