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Jaffrey/Rindge

Man, 20, ejected in crash at town line on Cathedral Road

A Rindge man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, following a single-car accident Wednesday morning on Squantum Road in which he was ejected from the vehicle. The crash took down power and telephone lines on the Jaffrey/Rindge town line, causing a road closure and power outages for several nearby homes.

The driver, 20-year-old Colin Ireland of Rindge, was traveling east on Squantum Road in his 2001 Honda Civic shortly after 10 a.m. when he lost control of the car near the intersection of Prescott Road. According to a press release issued by the Jaffrey Police Department, the Honda crossed over into the westbound lane and continued off the shoulder of the road. The car then crossed the intersection of Annett Road and struck a utility pole, taking out an 8-foot section of the pole. The car continued eastbound and climbed a small embankment, before it traveled back towards the roadway and came to a rest on its wheels.

At one point during the crash, the car rolled over, ejecting Ireland from the Honda, Jaffrey Police Chief William Oswalt said on Wednesday.

When police and emergency personnel arrived on scene, they found Ireland conscious, but with serious injuries. Ireland was the only person in the car, and no other vehicle was involved in the crash.

According to the press release, emergency personnel treated Ireland before transporting him to Monadnock Community Hospital. Shortly after his arrival at MCH, Ireland was being prepped for transport to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.

Messages left for UMass Worcester media specialists seeking comment on Ireland’s status were not returned by press time Wednesday.

The utility pole taken down by the vehicle held lines for a fairly isolated area, said Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlain. Three homes were affected by outages when power was shut off in the area to fix the damage. Public Services of New Hampshire and local telephone company workers arrived on scene shortly after the accident to make repairs.

To allow for the cleanup of the accident scene, the roadway was closed to traffic for an hour and a half following the incident.

As to the cause of the crash, witness statements indicate that excessive speed was involved. “We’re confident speed was a factor,” said Oswalt. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Ireland was in another car accident earlier this year. On Aug. 18, Rindge police responded to a car accident on Birch Drive in Rindge, where Ireland crashed his 2005 GMC pickup off the side of the road and went into some trees. Ireland was served a summons for unlawful possession of alcohol and transportation of alcohol by a minor, and was later charged with negligent operation and unregistered vehicle.

Ledger-Transcript staff member Ashley Saari contributed to this report.

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