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Peterborough/Temple

Rolling over on Rte. 101

No one seriously injured in separate accidents

  • A Jeep rolled onto its roof Monday morning after the operator avoided a car being towed on Route 101 in Peterborough.
  • A Jeep rolled onto its roof Monday morning after the operator avoided a car being towed on Route 101 in Peterborough.
  • A Jeep rolled onto its roof Monday morning after the operator avoided a car being towed on Route 101 in Peterborough.
  • A Jeep rolled onto its roof Monday morning after the operator avoided a car being towed on Route 101 in Peterborough.
  • A car sits on its roof off Route 101 in Temple after it rolled over Friday afternoon
  • A car sits on its roof off Route 101 in Temple after it rolled over Friday afternoon
  • Jeffrey Rose, the recently appointed director of the N.H. Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, spoke to the Peterborough Rotary Club on Monday

PETERBOROUGH — A Jeep traveling in the eastbound lane on Route 101 in Peterborough on Monday morning rolled over onto its roof in the middle of the highway after hitting a car parked in the breakdown lane. But the driver and a man who was reaching into the broken-down car were not seriously injured.

According to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard, a 2003 Volvo station wagon was parked in the breakdown lane on the eastbound side of Route 101 near Trinity Evangelical Church at about 9:30 a.m. A man, three women and a baby had gotten out of the car and were waiting for a tow truck in the church parking lot. Guinard said the man, Paul Morehouse, 71, of Winchester, went back to the Volvo to get the ignition key. He had opened the passenger-side door and was reaching inside when the Volvo was hit by an oncoming 2013 Jeep Wrangler driven by Lawrence Rau, 46, of Dublin. After hitting the Volvo, the Jeep skidded and rolled over three times, landing on its roof in the middle of the road.

Guinard said Rau, who suffered only a cut on his hand that was bandaged at the scene by medical personnel, said he had been distracted by a wasp and his vehicle had drifted to the right into the breakdown lane.

Morehouse has a bruised left arm and a cut to his left shin. He refused medical attention at the scene.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and were towed.

Guinard said both lanes of Route 101 were closed briefly after the accident and traffic was restricted to one lane for about an hour before the road was completely cleared.

The Peterborough accident was not the only rollover on Route 101 in the past week, however. On Friday, police responded to an earlier accident, this time on the Temple side of the Route 101 corridor.

At 4:46 p.m. on Friday, Temple-Greenville police and rescue workers went to Route 101 after an eastbound car went off the road directly across from Sara Drive. The car, a 2000 Toyota Avalon, was being driven by Stacy Inkel, 30, of Milford. Inkel reported to police that she swerved off the road while attempting to avoid the car in front of her, which Inkel said had stopped abruptly. In her attempt to avoid the car, Inkel’s Toyota left the road, rolled over into a ditch and struck a tree, ultimately landing on its roof.

Inkel was removed from the car by rescue workers and taken by Wilton Ambulance to Monadnock Community Hospital with unknown injuries. According to Monadnock Community Hospital personnel, Inkel was treated and released on Friday evening.

The car appeared to be badly damaged.

According to Officer Michael Needham of the Temple-Greenville Police Department, the accident is still under investigation, but police do not anticipate bringing forth any citations or charges against Inkel and do not suspect drugs, alcohol or speed to be a factor in this accident.

“It’s pretty cut and dried,” Needham commented.

Reporters Ashley Saari, Dave Anderson and Lindsey Arceci contributed to this report.

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