Brentwood crash leaves driver with life-threatening injuries, closes part of Route 125By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
November 11. 2017 10:09PM
BRENTWOOD — A section of Route 125 was closed late Saturday afternoon and was expected to remain shut down until Sunday morning after a serious one-vehicle crash caused significant damage to utility lines, police said.
Drivers were urged to seek alternate routes around the accident scene, which involved a snapped utility pole and mangled wires that forced police to close the normally busy highway from North Road to Route 111A (Middle Road).
Brentwood police K-9 officer George Abele said the crash happened shortly after 5 p.m. near Brentwood Surplus Sales and interrupted power for some residents and businesses in Brentwood and other surrounding towns.
Abele said police initially received a call about what appeared to be a reckless driver heading northbound on Route 125. Abele said police believe the driver was suffering from a medical issue at the time.
The caller reported that the red Hyundai was driving in the breakdown lane, swerving back into oncoming traffic and then into the breakdown again.
Abele said the car eventually went off the highway and struck a utility pole and a piece of Bobcat equipment at the business. The car was totaled, he said.
Abele said that when he arrived at the scene the female driver and female passenger were breathing, but not alert. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries, he said. The passenger was also seriously hurt, he said.
The women, from Haverhill, Mass., believed to be in their 60s or 70s, were transported to Exeter Hospital, Abele said.
Their names were not immediately released.
One utility truck from Eversource could be seen at the crash site at 8:30 p.m., but no work had begun yet to repair the pole and lines. Abele said the utility was waiting for more trucks to arrive so that work could begin. He said the repairs were expected to take several hours with the highway possibly reopening by 6 a.m. on Sunday.