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August 18, 2010

One dead; two others injured in Windham crash

WINDHAM — One person died and two others were being treated for injuries last night after a two-car crash on Route 28.

Police would identify neither the man who was pronounced dead at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, nor the two other victims.

Windham Police said the man was driving a white Honda Accord south on Route 28 shortly before 8 p.m. and crossed into the northbound lane, striking a red Ford F-150 pickup truck. The crash occurred just north of the Salem/Windham town line.

"For reasons that we don't know yet," said Windham police chief Gerald Lewis, the Honda Accord "moved across the center line into the center turn lane and into the northbound lane... and hit the truck."

Both vehicles had New Hampshire license plates.

Salem fire Capt. Stephane Cattin said the man driving the pickup truck and a young female passenger in the white Honda were seriously injured and taken to Parkland Medical Center. No information was available on their conditions last night.

Cattin described all the patients as having "all possibly very serious injuries."

He said that the man in the Honda was "severely entrapped," and that "it was a very difficult extrication" from the Honda by Windham and Salem fire personnel using power tools.

The Windham accident reconstruction team and the Derry Transportation Accident Reconstruction team continued to investigate the accident while the road remained closed to traffic for several hours. Following the accident, traffic was limited to one lane on the southbound side of Route 28, immediately south of the Route 111 bypass and near Park Place Lanes and D.J. Rogers Service and Collision Center at 2 Rockingham Road.

Police said speed doesn't appear to be a factor in the crash.

The road in the area is two lanes in both directions, with a center turn lane.

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