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Hospital says man airlifted is ‘satisfactory’

PETERBOROUGH — Three of the four victims of a fiery three-vehicle crash on Route 101 on Sunday have been released from the hospital, according to officials. The fourth, a motorcyclist, remains in satisfactory condition.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, a three-vehicle accident sent all four parties involved to the hospital with injuries. The accident occurred when a silver Dodge 1500 pick-up, driven by George Xenakis, 24, of Jaffrey, collided with the rear end of a red Dodge 2500. The red Dodge was launched forward with the impact into a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was in the intersection of Union Street and Route 101. The motorcyclist, Anthony Gravallese, 22, of Reading, Mass., was the most seriously injured in the accident.

Gravallese was transported to a field across from Old Peterborough Road in Dublin to be airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. On Wednesday afternoon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock representatives reported Gravallese was in satisfactory condition.

The driver of the red pick-up, Jacob Ruoff, and his mother, Mary Ruoff, 54, both of Antrim, were treated and released at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough following the accident. According to a Facebook post by Mary Ruoff’s daughter, Shawnleigh Ruoff of Dublin, the Ruoffs were returning from dropping her off when the accident occurred. The two were fine, she posted, though with bumps and bruises, and her mother had broken her nose in the accident.

“Thank you, Lord, for sending angels to protect my mom and brother today. I don’t know what I would have done if I had lost them today,” Shawnleigh posted on Sunday.

Also treated and released at Monadnock Community Hospital was Xenakis, who was driving the silver pick-up that initiated the pile-up. According to MCH representatives, Xenakis was released from the hospital on Sunday. Xenakis is a member of the Peterborough Police Department. Peterborough police have turned over investigation of the accident to the N.H. State Police Troop B, due to the conflict of interest.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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