Jaffrey man remains in critical condition after Hancock crash

  • A two-car crash resulted in critical injuries for a Jaffrey man on Wednesday afternoon in Hancock. COURTESY PHOTO

  • A two-car crash resulted in critical injuries for a Jaffrey man on Wednesday afternoon in Hancock.

  • A two-car crash resulted in critical injuries for a Jaffrey man on Wednesday afternoon in Hancock.

  • The location of a two-car crash in Hancock Wednesday. Maps4News

Monday, October 01, 2018 5:28PM

A Jaffrey man remains in critical condition Monday after a two-vehicle collision that took place in Hancock Wednesday afternoon.

Dennis Campbell, 63, of Jaffrey was life-flighted to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., where he remained in critical condition Monday, according to hospital staff. 

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 crash occurred within a construction work zone, Hancock police said in a press release Thursday.

Campbell was driving a red 2003 Ford F-150 south on Route 202 in the work zone, police said, when he drove through the Forest Road intersection and he encountered a marked flagger attempting to stop traffic. Witnesses told police that Campbell applied his brakes heavily in what appears to have been an attempt to stop at the last minute, but the Ford continued past the flagger.

A 2004 Dodge Ram, driven by Thomas Houghton, 21, of Hillsborough, was following behind the Ford also southbound. Police said the Dodge hit the Ford from behind, 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 by police on scene and 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 as of Monday afternoon, hospital staff said.

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 N.H. 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.