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New Hampshire

May 27, 2012

Driver critically injured in crash

HAVERHILL — A Hampstead man remained in critical condition last night following a two-car crash Friday on Interstate 495.

John Santoro, 34, was flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston after suffering life-threatening injuries, state police said.

A 30-year-old woman in the second vehicle, Jennifer Caron of Rochester, N.H., was in fair condition last night at Lawrence General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A Tufts spokeswoman said Santoro was in critical condition as of about 9 p.m. yesterday. Police did not release the victims' names until yesterday.

The accident occurred about 8 p.m. on I-495 south, closing part of the highway until at least 11:15 p.m., Trooper Todd Nolan said. The helicopter had to land along I-495, he said.

Nolan said state troopers from the Newbury barracks are still investigating how the accident happened.

The crash was between Exits 51 and 52, delaying traffic on the first day of the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Santoro was driving a 2006 Hyundai Elantra while Caron operated a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, state police said. There was a 5-year-old boy in Santoro's car, but no further details on the child were available from state police.

The Haverhill Fire Department also responded to the accident.

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