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Driver ejected from Jeep

PETERBOROUGH — A Massachusetts man was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital on Friday, after being thrown from his open-top Jeep when it rolled over on Route 101.

According to Police Chief Scott Guinard, Michael Brooks, 29, of Winchendon, Mass, was driving west on Route 101 near Mountain Road at about 4:05 p.m. when his Jeep CJ drifted right, left the roadway and went up an embankment. Witnesses said the right front side of the Jeep collided with a utility pole, which sent the vehicle into the air.

As the Jeep rolled over twice, Brooks was ejected from the driver’s seat.

“The driver was very lucky on this one,” Guinard said. “He actually landed on Old Mountain Road and the Jeep landed right next to him.”

Guinard said witnesses dragged Brooks away from the vehicle and called for help.

Rescue workers responded and took Brooks to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

“He had a lot of cuts, bruises and contusions and some head injuries,” Guinard said.

Guinard said it was unclear whether Brooks had been wearing a seatbelt.

On Monday, hospital officials said Brooks had been treated and released.

Guinard the Jeep was a total loss and was towed away. The accident is under investigation.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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