Jaffrey couple thanks responders after Route 101 crash

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 7:52PM

Around 5 p.m. in mid-December, night has already fallen, so Jim Poplan had slowed to an all but crawl on Route 101, anticipating the turn onto the Union Street intersection on Dec. 15.

A Jeep sped by the Poplan’s car on the right. The car behind it plowed right into them.

“He jammed us into oncoming traffic and – it was by the grace of God – an 18-wheeler was bearing down on us, and I was just able to redirect the car back into our lane,” recalled Poplan. But the car stalled at that point, said Poplan, and he and his wife were trapped in the traffic lane, afraid to get out of the car so close to passing traffic.

Poplan, 43, and his wife Sue Poplan of Jaffrey, had been struck by a car driven by Alan Ladd, 33, of Winchester.

“I was very adrenaline pumped, so I wasn’t feeling any pain at that point,” said Poplan, who said he and his wife later went to the Emergency Room to be checked for whiplash, and suffered a little soreness after the accident, but no serious injuries. “The seatbelts are always on when we travel.”

Luckily, said Poplan, his 2017 Subaru was outfitted with an automatic crash reporting system that detected the collision and contacted emergency services. Within minutes, he was able to see his local responders in action.

“I felt so relieved that we have that service system operational, that was able to alert fire and police and EMTs. Within minutes, they showed up and secured the area,” said Poplan. “I felt so thankful that we have these professionals in our area It was awesome to see them work together.”

And not only from a professional standpoint, but a compassionate one, said Poplan – one of the officers offered his patrol car to Sue Poplan so that she didn’t have to stand outside in the cold. 

“The officer wanted to get her warm,” said Poplan. “I was just so impressed with the quality of the service and the good dealings we got from the professionalism that these men displayed.”

Both vehicles sustained damage and were towed from the scene, and the Poplan’s Subaru is currently undergoing repairs to it’s back end.

Following the accident, Ladd was issued a summons on charges of operating after suspension of his license, following too closely and failure to produce a license.