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New Hampshire

June 28, 2011

Man seriously hurt in Salem crash

SALEM — A Northwood man was seriously injured Sunday evening when his Jeep rolled over several times on Interstate 93 and he was thrown from the vehicle.

Gary Torrey, 42, was traveling north on I-93 in Salem, just south of Exit 1, police said. He lost control of his 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, first going off the right side of the highway, then rolling across three lanes of traffic to the left, according to NH State Police Trooper Sean Harrington.

Torrey, who police believe was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the Jeep and was found in the roadway. The accident occurred just past 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Torrey was treated by Salem Fire and Rescue and transported to Lawrence General Hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries. He was then transported by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Police don't know why Torrey went off the right side of the road, but the investigation continues.

Interstate 93 north remained open, but was restricted to one lane of travel for about two hours, according to State Police Sgt. Chris Wagner.

Troopers needed that time to reconstruct the accident, gather evidence and remove the vehicle.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Salem Police Department and the state Department of Transportation.

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