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Four sent to hospital after Jaffrey crash Tuesday



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:45AM

Four were sent to the hospital on Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle crash in Jaffrey.

Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt said Wednesday that the two-car collision took place on River Street in the area of Monadnock View Drive. 

“At first assessment, none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening,” Oswalt said. “All four were transported, but I can’t quantify their injuries.”

Police, fire, and ambulance were called to River Street around 9:30 a.m. for the accident. The report said there were two subjects potentially trapped in their vehicles with unknown injuries.

Oswalt said a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Ashly St. Laurent, 24, of Jaffrey, was stopped on River Street in the northbound lane and was attempting to turn left onto Monadnock View Drive when it was struck from behind by a 2006 Infiniti G35, driven by Rebecca Boutwell, 20, of Rindge. 

Brenda Anderson, 46, of Greenville, and Jordan Banish, 18, of Jaffrey were passengers in the Elantra, Oswalt said. St. Laurent, Anderson and Banish are employees of Jaffrey cleaning service Dust To Shine. There were no other passengers in the Infiniti.

Banish said she was riding in the back seat of the vehicle and probably “got the worst of it,” as she was hospitalized with a concussion, welts and bruising.

“I don’t remember any of it,” Banish said while recovering at home Wednesday afternoon. “I remember getting in the car and then waking up in the hospital with my dad.”

Responders used the Jaws of Life to extract Banish from the vehicle. A 2018 Conant grad who will play soccer for the University of New England in the fall, Banish said the injuries will keep her out of the upcoming Lions Cup all-star soccer game in Vermont but that she should be okay for the college soccer season.

“I feel super lucky,” she said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

She said the rest of the passengers in her vehicle suffered whiplash but nothing worse.

The road was closed for approximately an hour and a half, Oswalt said. 

Editor Ben Conant contributed to this report. Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.