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Peterborough: Accident on Route 202 South sends three to hospital, delays traffic

  • Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

  • Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Three people were taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Route 202 Thursday<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

PETERBOROUGH — Two accidents on Route 202 sent three people to the hospital Thursday afternoon.

According to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard, Joan Brush, 89, of Jaffrey was driving north at about 1:42 p.m. near the driveway to Microspec when her 2011 Chevrolet Equinox drifted to the right onto the shoulder of the highway, struck a guardrail, then bounced back into the road, crossing into the southbound lane, where it hit a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Michael Charbonneau, 28, of Jaffrey.

Emily Proctor of Rindge said at the scene on Thursday that she had been driving directly behind Charbonneau’s car, and saw the accident as it happened.

“It looked like the gray car hit the guardrail, and then crossed over and hit the red car,” Proctor said. “I managed to swerve around it.”

Brush and Michael St. Onge, 29, of Rindge, a passenger in Charbonneau’s vehicle, were taken by ambulance to Monadnock Community Hospital. Charbonneau was uninjured. Brush and St. Onge were both treated and released on Thursday.

The two vehicles had extensive damage and were towed.

On Monday, Brush said a woman from the office building came out and sat with her while she waited for the ambulance.

“It was wonderful to have someone there, everyone was so helpful,” she said. ““I’m very bruised, mostly from the seat belt. Nothing was broken, it’s just a matter of time for healing.”

The other accident happened at about 11:44 a.m., when a northbound 2005 Hyundai driven by Paula Prieur, 50, of Peterborough drifted off Route 202 near Community Lane and hit a guardrail. Prieur had minor injuries to her right shoulder area and was taken to MCH by ambulance. Prieur’s car was towed.

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