Police: U-turn attempt leads to crash on 202

HANCOCK — A Bennington woman was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a two-car crash on Route 202 near the Peterborough Road intersection.

According to Hancock Police Chief Andrew Wood, the accident happened when April Salisbury, 37, of Bennington attempted to make a U-turn. Salisbury, who was driving northbound, had pulled off to the side of the northbound lane, but she then turned her 2008 Nissan into the path of an oncoming 2007 Subaru, driven by Olivia Wilder, 20, of Hancock, who was also driving northbound. Wilder attempted to avoid the accident but was unable to stop, according to Wood. Her car hit the driver’s side rear passenger door of Salisbury’s car.

Salisbury was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to a hospital official. Wilder was treated and released at the scene of the accident.

Salisbury’s car had moderate driver’s side damage and Wilder’s car has significant front-end damage. Both cars were towed.

According to Wood, an investigation determined that Salisbury had failed to yield the right of way while making a U-turn, which caused the crash. Wood said speed or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident.

The accident closed Route 202 between Peterborough and Cavender Roads for about an hour.

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