1 Ejection, 1 Entrapment and 2 with Life-Threatening Injuries After Chesterfield Crash
CHESTERFIELD — A head-on collision between two cars in Chesterfield on Tuesday caused an ejection, serious injuries, and entrapment, which required the Jaws of Life, police said.
The head-on collision in Chesterfield, which affected three vehicles total, led to two people being airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with serious, life-threatening injuries.
An initial investigation by police revealed that around 7:30 a.m., a Dodge Durango was passing a tractor-trailer truck on Route 9 when the Durango lost control.
The Durango crossed the double solid line into the oncoming lane and struck a maroon Subaru traveling in the opposite direction.
The force of the collision ejected the left rear passenger out of the Durango. The Subaru then slid into the eastbound traffic lane and struck the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer.
The driver of the Subaru, Meredith Reuter, 35, of Peterborough, was trapped inside of the vehicle and the Jaws of Life were needed to remove her.
Reuter was one of the two people involved in the crash that was airlifted to the hospital.
The ejected person from the Durango was identified as Statiu Phelps-Dear, 19, of Marlborough. He sustained serious injuries from the ejection and was also airlifted to the hospital.
The driver of the Durango, Elizabeth Drouin, 36, of Keene, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.
Two other passengers in the Durango, Jason Dear, 35, of Marlborough, and Kody Ellis, 20, of Keene, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Drouin, Dear, and Ellis were transported to Cheshire Medical Center for treatment. The extent of these injuries are unknown at this time.
Police said there was a juvenile passenger in the Subaru who was uninjured in the crash.
Route 9 was closed temporarily but reopened around 9:15 a.m.
The Chesterfield Police Department along with New Hampshire State Police, Keene Police, Chesterfield Fire and Rescue, Spofford Fire and Rescue, and the Keene Fire Department responded to the scene.
This investigation is ongoing.
If there are any witnesses to this accident who were not personally interviewed at the scene of the crash, please contact Chief Duane Chickering at 603-363-4233, ext. 61.