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Snow, ice and car crashes

  • A single-car motor vehicle crash on River Street in Jaffrey Friday required the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • A single-car motor vehicle crash on River Street in Jaffrey Friday required the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • A single-car motor vehicle crash on River Street in Jaffrey Friday required the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • A single-car motor vehicle crash on River Street in Jaffrey Friday required the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • This Jeep Cherokee went head-on into a tree on Greenfield Road in Peterborough during Thursday's snowstorm. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 26, 2018 5:54PM

A return to winter weather last week led to a bevy of car accidents around the region.

Weather may not have been a factor in one of the more serious crashes, however. First responders in Jaffrey needed to use the Jaws of Life on Friday afternoon to remove a Jaffrey resident from his car after a rollover accident on River Street.

Joseph A Lafreniere, 79, of Jaffrey, was subsequently transported to the hospital with head lacerations, according to Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt, in an interview Monday afternoon.

"We don't have a clear explanation as to why the vehicle traveled the way it did," said Oswalt. "There is no information at this time that would say that weather was a contributing factor."

Oswalt said police on scene spoke to Lafreniere at the time of the crash and he couldn't give them a clear explanation as to why he crashed.

Oswalt said the vehicle drifted to the right side of the road, traveled several hundred feet, then wound up on the wrong side of the the guard rail before hitting the guardrail and rolling over into the trees in the area of Red Dam.

"He never crossed the center line," said Oswalt.

The accident remains under investigation. Oswalt said it does not appear that alcohol is a factor in the accident either.

Jaffrey police responded to a weather-related vehicle rollover at 9:25 p.m. that evening on Mountain Road involving a 17-year-old female from Jaffrey.

The female was transported to the hospital with a possible neck injury.

There were a handful of other weather-related accidents that occurred in Jaffrey on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, but there were no injuries or major damage.

Rindge police had more accidents than they could respond to on Thursday, according to Detective Rachel Malynowski. The accidents began around 3:30 p.m., according to Malynowski, and lasted for the next several hours. There were no major injuries or damage noted.

Peterborough police responded to three car crashes on Thursday, all which occurred within minutes of each other.

At 3:24 p.m., Keith Chamberlain, 62, of Peterborough collided with a granite mailbox post on Dublin Road, after losing control due to snowy road conditions.

Two minutes later, Lynn Geddes-Morin, 43, of Temple, skidded off the road on Route 123 in Sharon, and had to be pulled back onto the road.

Also that afternoon, a 16-year-old Peterborough resident lost control on Greenfield Road and went off the road, colliding with a tree.

None of the drivers were injured, and though both Peterborough accidents resulted in vehicle damage, all three were able to be driven from the scene.