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Bay State man trapped overnight after Jaffrey crash Friday

  • A Massachusetts man was stuck in his vehicle for more than 12 hours after crashing it on North Street in Jaffrey on Friday night. Courtesy photo—

  • A Massachusetts man was stuck in his vehicle for more than 12 hours after crashing it on North Street in Jaffrey on Friday night. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 21, 2019 12:54PM

A Bay State man was trapped in his car overnight for more than 12 hours after crashing his car into a tree in Jaffrey on Friday, police say. 

Luc Caissie, 23, of Gardner, Massachusetts was taken to the hospital Saturday morning with possible hypothermia after being removed from his 2008 Ford Focus, Jaffrey Police Chief William Oswalt said Monday.

Caissie was unable to call for help as he was trapped in his vehicle and did not have a cellphone. 

“He had a blanket in his car, which kept him going,” Oswalt said. “If it was a night like [Sunday] night, it might have been different; the risk would have been much higher.”

Police responded to the area of North Street and Johanson Drive around 10:30 a.m., after a passerby alerted the department of a vehicle off the road. 

Oswalt speculates that the vehicle was 75 to 100 feet off the road, likely unable to be seen by anyone the night prior. 

Caissie told police he was driving south on North Street around 7:30 p.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel, went off the roadway, went down an embankment, and crashed into a tree. 

Lt. Todd Muilenberg said a chainsaw had to be used to cut a tree branch off the driver’s side door to remove Caissie from the vehicle. 

“It’s very unusual in my experience, I can’t recall such an unusual occurrence in my years with the department,” Oswalt said, of someone being trapped overnight in a vehicle. 

Oswalt said the case was even more strange as Caissie didn’t have a cellphone with him.

“I’m unsure what reception he would’ve had, but it’s unusual for such a young person to not have a phone,” Oswalt said. 

Oswalt said there are no charges pending.

The vehicle was towed from the scene as the front end was heavily damaged. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.