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Woman injured in Route 9 crash

Accident closes road for an hour

ANTRIM — A Winchester woman was taken to a hospital Monday after her minivan crashed into a guardrail on Route 9, then crossed the center lane and jumped the opposite guardrail, flipping down an embankment into a tree.

Alison Pinette, 42, of Winchester was conscious and responsive at the scene but sustained a serious injury to her leg, according to Antrim police Antrim Det. Jason Lepine. Pinette was transported to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene by Antrim Ambulance. Cheshire Medical Center was unable to provide information on her condition Monday afternoon.

Lepine said the accident, which happened at about 9 a.m., occurred after Pinette’s minivan hit a patch of ice.

Emergency crews had to remove parts of the vehicle to get Pinette out after the vehicle landed on its roof. Lepine said Pinette was removed through the rear compartment door.

Because of where the vehicle crashed and difficulties removing it from down the embankment, emergency crews stopped traffic in both directions, backing up traffic for about a mile for about an hour.

The accident is under investigation, Lepine said.

“It doesn’t appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor,” he said.

A similar incident happened the previous day on Route 202 in Jaffrey, when a vehicle driven by Aaron Layfield, 20, of Jaffrey, jumped a guardrail that was buried under several feet of snow and landed in the Contoocook River (see story, page 3).

Hayden James can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or hjames@ledgertranscript.com.

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