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Jaffrey woman flown to hospital after accident Thursday

  • Michele Perron, 64, of Jaffrey was flown via helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., after crashing her car Thursday night. Courtesy photo

  • Michele Perron, 64, of Jaffrey was flown via helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts after crashing her car into stone wall and telephone pole on Main Street in Jaffrey on Thursday night. Police say Perron appeared to have suffered head trauma. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 11:26AM

A Jaffrey woman was flown via helicopter to a Massachusetts hospital after crashing her car into a stone wall and a telephone pole in Jaffrey on Thursday night.

Michele M. Perron, 64, of Gilmore Pond Road, was flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center after appearing to have suffered head trauma, according to Jaffrey Police Chief William Oswalt.

Oswalt said speed was likely a factor based on markings on the road and that the accident remains under investigation.

Police responded to Main Street near Harkness Road about 7:05 p.m. for the report of a car accident.

Oswalt said police found a 2011 Subaru Outback, driven by Perron, resting in a field beside a tree. Perron needed to be extricated from her vehicle as it was severely damaged.

A 2017 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Tony Reeves, 52, of New Ipswich, was also damaged in the accident after Perron’s vehicle struck the telephone pole – which snapped a guide wire, sending it through the truck’s windshield.

Neither Reeves nor his passenger, Laurie Reeves, 52, of New Ipswich, was injured.

Oswalt said Perron was traveling west on Main Street, when the vehicle drove off the road on a snow-packed shoulder. After plowing through the snow, Perron’s vehicle again made contact with the pavement.

It appears the vehicle overcorrected, went sideways with the driver’s side moving forward. Oswalt said the Subaru struck a stone wall, went airborne and then hit a telephone pole.

The accident report says the telephone pole “exploded.”

The vehicle would then continue forward through some brush and strike a tree before coming to rest in a flooded field.

Witnesses on scene say Perron had passed a vehicle on a double solid line and that the vehicle had fishtailed several times before going off the roadway.

The road was temporarily closed after police responded, Oswalt said, with traffic being diverted down Sawtelle Road and Gilmore Pond Road.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.