By Mark E. Vogler
---- — LONDONDERRY — A spokeswoman at Massachusetts General Hospital last night said a driver who was seriously injured in a crash on Rockingham Road late Friday afternoon was in “good condition.”
A medical helicopter transported Cody Carette, 20, of Auburn, N.H. to the Boston-based hospital after his black 1990 BMW collided with a white 1999 GMC Box truck, owned by S & R Construction Co. Inc. of Newton, N.H. shortly before 5 p.m.
Emergency crews responding to the crash near 64 Rockingham Road used a hydraulic device to peel off the roof the BMW to free Carette from the wreckage.
Police said Keith Garbino, 50, of Londonderry, the driver of the truck, was not injured.
There were reports that one of the vehicles crossed the double yellow line and into the path of the other vehicle in a head-on collision that overturned the box truck on its side and into a utility pole, which snapped about one quarter of the way up, with part of it penetrating the box truck. The crash left the box truck leaning up against the pole on two wheels.
Police released no further details of the crash, pending the outcome of their investigation.
The road was shut down for more than five hours at Rockingham and Stonehenge roads as police investigated the crash, while crews from Public Service of New Hampshire were called into remove the pole from the truck and a cleanup crew removed the diesel fuel from the truck to keep the fuel from spilling on the ground.
A tow truck finally removed the box truck at 10:25 p.m., enabling Public Service of New Hampshire to replaced the damaged utility pole and Clean Harbors to begin cleaning the crash site.