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April 7, 2013

Head-on crash sends four to the hospital in Windham

WINDHAM — A head-on collision between a mini-van and a flatbed truck sent four people to Parkland Medical center in Derry with non life-threatening injuries on Friday night.

Southeastern New Hampshire Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid District team and officials from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services were called to the scene at the intersection of Route 111 and Route 28.

Fire officials had concerns that fluids from the truck’s engine would leak into a nearby waterway.

“We are always extra cautious when we are dealing with contaminants,” said fire Lt. Tim Dunn. “There’s an even greater risk when there’s a body of water involved.”

Officials determined that the truck’s fuel tank had remained intact and that anti-freeze and hydraulic fluids were the cause of the leak.

The driver of the minivan had to be extricated after being pinned behind his steering wheel. Route 111 was closed briefly as officials worked to free the driver. There were two other passengers in the car who were also transported to the hospital.

Salem fire also assisted with the crash.

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