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April 11, 2014

Plaistow man facing life-threatening injuries in crash

MANCHESTER — A 25-year-old Plaistow man is in serious but stable condition after his SUV was hit by a tractor trailer on Interstate 93 early yesterday morning.

Plaistow resident Matthew Davis was driving on I-93 northbound when his 1998 Jeep Wrangler ran out of gas. He was unable to push the vehicle out of the roadway, according to a State Police press release.

At about 12:34 a.m., a tractor trailer driven by Wesley Basler, 56, of Richford, Vt., hit the Jeep with Davis inside, ejecting him from the vehicle and throwing him into a jersey barrier separating the northbound and southbound sides of the highway.

State Police Trooper Nathan Johnston and a passing motorist then administered first aid to Davis until Manchester fire and rescue crews arrived on scene. Both drivers were taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for treatment of their injuries.

Davis sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash but was listed in serious, but stable condition by the hospital yesterday.

Multiple lanes of I-93 northbound were shut down for about four hours while both vehicles were taken from the scene. Speed and alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing.

The State Police is asking for anyone with information to call State Police Dispatch at 223-4381.

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