UPDATE: Victim in fatal Antrim crash identified

  • A head-on collision in along Route 202 in Antrim left one dead and sent another to the hospital for "multiple trauma." The collision occurred on Wednesday morning at about 9:44 a.m. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:0PM

A head-on collision along Route 202 near Old Turnpike Road in Antrim on Wednesday morning left one driver dead and sent the other to the hospital.

Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale said the department was dispatched to the collision, involving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser and a 1989 Chevy Scottsdale truck, at 9:44 a.m.

Joseph Alibrandi, 55, of Hillsborough was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the collision. 

The operator of the Chevy truck, Stephen Platt, 64, of Antrim, was transported the Monadnock Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

A press release says the PT Cruiser was headed south toward Antrim center when it gradually veered left into the northbound lane. It says the northbound Chevy truck attempted to avoid the collision by veering right in the north bound breakdown lane, where the collision took place. 

The major road near the Antrim/ Hillsborough line was closed off to thru-traffic after the accident took place. Smaller vehicles heading north were able to use Old Turnpike Road, which turns into 2nd New Hampshire Turnpike Road and eventually intersects with Route 9. Large trucks heading north were turned around on Route 202 and told to seek an alternate route. Southbound traffic also had to turn around on 202 and find alternate routes. 

The passageway remained blocked off for much of the morning as state police performed an accident reconstruction, took measurements, and looked at the physical evidence.

Gale said the cause of the accident remains under investigation. The press release says it doesn’t appear that alcohol was a factor at the time of the collision. 

He said both vehicles suffered “extensive” front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene.

 Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.