Child Receives Life-Threatening Injuries in Crash That Snarled Traffic on I-95 for Hours
GREENLAND — One child suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash that caused traffic backups for hours.
On Friday at 9:20 a.m. State Police from Troop A responded to mile marker 10.6 on Interstate 95 in Greenland.
Police said the 2010 GMC Savana transport van being driven by John E. Guy, 21, of Kittery, Maine, veered off the roadway hitting a large tree head-on.
The van had 13 people inside including 11 children and an adult counselor. All were taken to hospitals.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation said several lanes of southbound traffic had to be closed due to the crash causing heavy traffic in the area.
Greenland NH pic.twitter.com/FLNcQkYM0j— ActionPage (@ActionPage1) August 10, 2018
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On the traffic app Waze, drivers reported that the right lanes were closed and recommended other drivers stay to their left.
TRAFFIC ALERT: I-95 southbound has several lanes closed in Greenland at mile marker 10.6. Emergency crews have responded to a bus crash. pic.twitter.com/jgOgjLlTTd— NHDOT (@NewHampshireDOT) August 10, 2018
Portsmouth Fire Lt. Brian Ryll said it's believed the bus driver suffered a medical emergency before the crash. The small bus with Maine license plates was white with red stripes. The cab of the bus was heavily damaged.
Gov. Chris Sununu tweeted at 11:03 a.m. that the state is keeping an eye on the crash and cleanup.
"We are monitoring the situation and working with involved agencies. The safety of those involved in this accident is our top priority."
Ryll said one adult had "severe" injuries, three patients had moderate injuries and the rest were considered minor, the Portsmouth Herald reports.
Police said one of the children has a life-threatening injury, and after being brought to Exeter Hospital, the child was then tranferred to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Because of the amount of injuries, the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit was assisted on scene by members of Troop A, Troop G, NH DOT and fire and EMS crews from the towns of Portsmouth, Greenland, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Stratham, Exeter and East Kingston.
The crash is under investigation and anyone that may have information is asked to contact Trooper Andrew Wilensky at 603-223-8715 or Andrew.Wilensky@dos.nh.gov.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this story.