Driver still recovering from crash near Jaffrey town line

A Rindge man hospitalized after being ejected from his vehicle in an accident on Wednesday is in “good” condition, according to hospital officials.

Colin Ireland, 20, was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., on Wednesday with serious injuries after losing control of his 2001 Honda Civic on Cathedral Road at the Jaffrey-Rindge town line. Ireland was ejected as his vehicle crossed the roadway and hit several objects, including a utility pole and embankment. The accident took out an 8-foot section of the utility pole, causing some nearby homes to lose power for several hours.

According to Jaffrey Police Chief William Oswalt, speed was a factor in the accident, though police have no official comment on how fast Ireland was traveling when he crashed. “All we have so far are witness estimates,” Oswalt said over the phone on Monday. “They indicate a high rate of speed.”

As to whether the weather conditions were a contributing factor to the accident, Oswalt couldn’t exactly say. “We can certainly acknowledge that the roads were wet,” he said, indicating that the rain led to poor traction on the roadway.

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