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Rindge, NH Car Accident: One dead, two injured in Friday multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 119 and Payson Hill Road

Rindge, NH Car Accident: One dead, two injured in Friday multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 119 and Payson Hill Road.

According to Rindge Police Department in a media release on Saturday, on Friday, November 17, 2023, at approximately 7:31 p.m., the Rindge Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the intersection of Route 119 and Payson Hill Road for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving multiple vehicles.

According to police, initial reports indicated that one vehicle had rolled over and at least one occupant was entrapped.

On arrival, first responders located a blue 2020 Subaru Legacy in the middle of Route 119, facing southeast. The vehicle had sustained heavy front end and rear driver’s side damage. The solitary vehicle occupant was out of the vehicle. The occupant was transported to UMASS Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, by the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance to be evaluated for apparent head and facial injuries, police said.

According to police, a gray 2021 GMC Sierra was located on its passenger side on the south side of Route 119 resting against a utility pole. The vehicle had sustained heavy front passenger and rear passenger side damage. Two occupants were entrapped in the vehicle. Members of the Rindge Fire and Rescue and Jaffrey Fire and Rescue extricated both occupants from the vehicle using two Jaws of Life tools. A med-flight was requested but none were flying due to weather. One occupant was transported to UMASS Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, by the Peterborough Ambulance in critical condition. At this time, the full extent of injuries is unknown. The second vehicle occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation determined that the Subaru was traveling southbound on Cathedral Road in Rindge. The driver of the Subaru failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the intersection of Cathedral Road and Route 119, resulting in a collision with the westbound GMC, police said. There were no other vehicles involved.

Vehicle recovery and towing was provided by Gauthier’s Auto Services of Jaffrey, NH. The vehicles were towed to Cliff’s Auto Body & Repair, also of Jaffrey, NH.

Rindge Police, Rindge Fire and Rindge Rescue were assisted on scene by Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance, Peterborough Ambulance, Jaffrey Fire, Jaffrey Rescue, Winchendon Fire, Ashby Fire, and New Hampshire D.O.T.. US Route 119 was closed to through traffic for approximately 4 hours.

The accident remains under investigation by the Rindge Police Department. Witnesses with any additional information are asked to contact Officer Nick Lavoie at (603) 899-5009 ext. 31 or Chief Rachel D. Malynowski at ext. 15.

The names of all involved parties are being withheld pending next of kin notifications.

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