Crash closes section of Route 111 in Danville

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Crash closes section of Route 111 in Danville

Postby curt » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:35 am

July 19, 2011
Eagle Tribune
Crash closes section of Route 111 in Danville

DANVILLE — Police and rescue personnel are still at the scene of a bad accident on Route 111 nearly two and a half hours after it occurred.

A stretch of the highway near the Kingston town line remains closed. A Danville firefighter said the first call came in at 6:03 p.m.

Two medical helicopters landed on the road earlier and it's reported two victims were flown from the scene to area hospitals.

Numerous police departments are at the scene, some helping by blocking Route 111 on either side of the accident scene. The departments include police from Kingston, Danville, East Kingston, Fremont, Brentwood, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and the New Hampshire State Police.

It is still unknown how many vehicles and how many people were involved in the crash.
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Three injured in head-on crash in Danville

Postby curt » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:55 am

July 20, 2011
Three injured in head-on crash in Danville

By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune.com

DANVILLE — Two people were flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital last night following a head-on collision that closed a stretch of Route 111 for almost four hours.

An unidentified 25-year-old Salem resident and a young child from Brentwood were flown to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to Sgt. Steve Wheeler of the New Hampshire State Police.

The second driver, Tracy Anne Descoteaux of Brentwood, was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital. Her child, a passenger in her 2002 Hyundai Elantra, was flown to Boston.

The crash occurred at about 6 p.m. along an isolated stretch of the highway, roughly 100 feet from the Kingston town line and a short distance from Sanborn Regional High School.

The medical helicopters — one from DHART, one from Boston MedFlight — landed in the roadway, police said, which remained closed for more than three and a half hours.

Approximately 3 miles of Route 111 in Danville and Kingston were blocked while rescue personnel and police worked at the scene.

Officers stood at each end, preventing vehicles from using Route 111.

Police from many local departments — Danville, Kingston, East Kingston, Fremont, Brentwood, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and the New Hampshire State Police from Troop A in Epping — responded to the scene.

Police did not release the name of the Salem resident last night.

The Salem resident was driving a 2001 Mazda Proté©gé©, traveling west, when the car crossed the center line and struck Descoteaux's Elantra head on, according to preliminary investigations, Wheeler said.

The accident remains under investigation by the State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit.

Anyone with any information related to the crash is asked to call Trooper Thomas Conlon at 223-8490 or email Thomas.Conlon@dos.nh.gov.

Staff writer Jo-Anne MacKenzie contributed to this report.
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Re: Crash closes section of Route 111 in Danville

Postby curt » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:54 pm

A comment posted to yesterday's ET article wrote:Narrowly escaped a severe head on collision tonight on Rt 111 in Danville, NH. 25 yr old male driver came directly at me doing 55mph, crossed the solid line coming into our lane, clipped my car and slammed head on into a mother and her 2 year old behind me! Saw the horrible crash in my mirror. All 3 were med flighted with life threatening injuries. My thoughts and prayers go out to the others. Life is truly fragile.
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One victim serious after Danville crash

Postby curt » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:29 pm

July 21, 2011
One victim serious after Danville crash

By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune.com

DANVILLE — Police are trying to determine why a Salem man crossed the center line of Route 111 and struck a car head on, seriously injuring himself and two other people.

Kevin Rodwell, 25, was flown by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following the crash about 6 p.m. Tuesday that shut down a three-mile stretch of Route 111 for nearly four hours.

Rodwell was in serious condition yesterday in the hospital's intensive care unit, a spokeswoman said. A mother and her young son also were injured when Rodwell's westbound Mazda Protege collided head on with their Hyundai Elantra, destroying both vehicles and trapping Rodwell inside his crushed car, police said.

The Elantra's driver, Tracy Anne Descoteaux, 41, of Brentwood, was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital, while her young son was flown by a second helicopter to Mass General.

Descoteaux was in good condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Her son's name and condition were not released because he is a child. Police did not release the boy's age.

Trooper Thomas Conlon of the New Hampshire State Police said yesterday he was still interviewing witnesses as investigators try to determine why Rodwell crossed the center line. The speed limit in the area is between 40 mph and 50 mph.

"We have no indication of the particular reason why he crossed," Conlon said.

One motorist reported seeing Rodwell's car swerve into the opposite lane and strike the driver's side mirror before slamming into the Elantra.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and police officers from several surrounding towns assisted state police, blocking the road to prevent vehicles from getting too close to the accident. There were officers from Danville, Kingston, East Kingston, Brentwood and Fremont.

"It was pretty much a teamwork effort," Conlon said.

Kingston police Officer Michael LePage happened upon the accident, police Chief Donald Briggs said. LePage and Officer Jess Nesbit provided first aid to the victims until paramedics arrived, he said. Motorists stopped to help as well.

The child, still strapped in his car seat, was crying when Briggs arrived minutes after the crash.

"It was a very serious head-on collision," he said.

A crew of about a dozen Danville firefighters also responded, Danville fire Chief Steve Woitkun said. Some remained at the accident long after dark to provide lighting as police investigated. The two medical helicopters landed on either side of the accident, he said.

While not many crashes occur on that stretch of Route 111, some people speed because the road is straight, Woitkun said.

"But when there is, it's pretty serious," he said. "It's wide open right there."
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