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Four injured in multi-vehicle crash in Chesterfield

Union Leader Correspondent

April 26. 2014 3:28PM

CHESTERFIELD -- Police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash involving entrapment and injuries that occurred on Route 9 Saturday morning.

Around 10:10 a.m. Chesterfield police and the Spofford Fire and Rescue Department responded to a report of a four vehicle accident on Route 9 between Howard’s Leather and Route 9a. The initial report said there was entrapment and injuries, according to Chesterfield police Lt. Duane Chickering.

So far the investigation has revealed Eric Onan, 30, of Southfield, Michigan, driving a 2013 Hyundai sedan eastbound on Route 9 apparently fell asleep and drifted into the westbound travel lane.

Richard Wesley, 58, of Troy was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty west on Route 9 and observed Onan’s vehicle swerve into his lane.

Wesley took evasive action and drove into the breakdown lane. Onan’s vehicle sideswiped Wesley’s Jeep, however, causing him to spin 180 degrees in the westbound travel lane.

Onan’s Hyundai continued in the westbound lane where it struck a 2006 Honda Civic driven by Valerie Gero, 22, of Putney, Vermont, causing Gero to lose control of the Honda, which then skidded across the eastbound lane and came to a rest in the ditch on the south side of Route 9.

Onan continued east in the westbound lane coming to final rest after hitting a light pole head-on at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9a.

The light pole fell over blocking traffic on Route 9a.

PSNH was called to the scene due to live wires on the ground. PSNH workers immediately shut off the power to the light pole so police could continue with the accident investigation.

A debris field involving all three vehicles consisted of approximately a quarter of a mile on Route 9.

Soon after rescue units arrived, a second motor vehicle accident, caused by the roadway debris, was called in approximately 300 yards east of this accident scene.

It was reported that there were at least 4 injured in this two-vehicle accident. There was entrapment at this accident scene and the Jaws of Life were requested. Additional ambulances and rescue units were dispatched from Vermont and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire State Police are investigating the second traffic accident.

Chickering had no further information on the accident, the extent of their injuries, or know where all the patients were transported.

He is asking anyone who witnessed this accident or has information pertaining to this accident to call him at (603) 363-4233 ext. 62.

Public Safety Chesterfield

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