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Jaffrey man in critical condition after Hancock crash

Location of Incident: Route 202 south of Forest Road

  • Wednesday around 1:55 p.m. Hancock police responded to a two-car collision on Route 202/Concord Road south of the Forest Road intersection. Courtesy Photo—

  • Wednesday around 1:55 p.m. Hancock police responded to a two-car collision on Route 202/Concord Road south of the Forest Road intersection. Courtesy Photo—

  • Wednesday around 1:55 p.m. Hancock police responded to a two-car collision on Route 202/Concord Road south of the Forest Road intersection. Courtesy Photo—


Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:10PM

A Jaffrey man is in critical condition after a two-vehicle collision in Hancock on Wednesday afternoon.

Hancock police responded to the two-car collision on Route 202/Concord Road south of the Forest Road intersection on Wednesday around 1:55 p.m.

The initial investigation shows that a construction work zone had been established in the area, Hancock police said Thursday.

In a press release Thursday police said a red 2003 Ford F-150, driven by Dennis Campbell, 63, of Jaffrey, was traveling southbound on Route 202 in the work zone. When Campbell drove through the Forest Road intersection he encountered a marked flagger attempting to stop traffic. Witnesses told police that Campbell applied his brakes heavily attempting to stop at the last minute but continued past the flagger.

Thomas Houghton, 21, of Hillsboro was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram, behind Campbell in the same direction. Police said Houghton was unable to stop the Dodge, striking the rear of Campbell’s Ford before coming to a stop. Campbell’s Ford continued southbound for several hundred feet before leaving the right side of the road striking a tree head on. Campbell’s vehicle sustained extensive damage to the front and rear. Houghton’s vehicle sustained substantial damage to the front end.

An emergency life flight helicopter was requested as officers arrived on scene. A landing zone was set up at the Hancock Elementary School, but was later diverted to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.

Campbell was taken to MCH by the Peterborough Ambulance with serious, life threatening injuries where he was subsequently flown by helicopter to UMASS in Worcester. Campbell is listed in critical condition.

Houghton sustained minor injuries, was checked out and signed off with EMS personnel. The flagger sustained minor injuries from flying debris and was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital to be treated.

Hancock police were assisted at the scene by Hancock Fire/Rescue, Peterborough Ambulance and the Greenfield Police. Route 202 was closed for an hour and a half.

The NH Department of Transportation and PIKE Construction provided traffic control.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information, or anyone who may have witnessed the crash, is encouraged to contact the Hancock Police at 525-4102.