Police urge caution after two crashes at intersection of 101 and 137
DUBLIN — After two accidents within five days at the intersection of Routes 101 and 137, Dublin Police Chief James Letourneau is warning early morning drivers trying to turn into Carr’s Store from the eastbound lane of 101. “The road glare makes it impossible to see cars in the other lane,” Letourneau said Tuesday. “It’s always bad this time of year.”
Early on the morning of Sept. 19, Dublin police responded to the first of the two accidents at that intersection. Thomas LaFortune, 74, of Dublin, was traveling east on Route 101 in a 1994 Buick sedan when he attempted to make a left-hand turn into the Carr’s Store parking lot by Route 137. Jon D. Hendrickson, 47, of Peterborough, was traveling west in a 2007 Jeep Wrangler when LaFortune pulled into his lane, causing Hendrickson to crash into LaFortune, according to police. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, though no injuries were reported.
Around the same time on Sept. 24, police responded to the second accident at the same intersection. Hugh J. Landis, 56, of Jaffrey, was traveling east on Route 101 in a 1994 Toyota pickup when he attempted to make a left-hand turn into the Carr’s Store parking lot. Diane E. Hubner, 47, of Winchester, was traveling west in a 1998 Toyota Camry when Landis struck her in the westbound lane. Neither driver was wearing a seat belt, and both were transported to Monadnock Community Hospital. Landis sustained minor injuries, and Hubner had undetermined injuries with a possibility of broken bones, according to police. Both vehicles were totaled.
Letourneau cited glare from the sun as a contributing factor for both incidents. Letourneau suggested that eastbound drivers use the Route 137 entrance to Carr’s Store to avoid turning across Route 101 at that location, which, in addition to the issue of glare, lacks a turning lane for the store.