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December 14. 2012 7:56AM

Two hospitalized in car crash in Canaan

CANAAN - Two men were seriously injured Thursday night when a car veered off Route 118, slammed into a telephone pole and rolled over several times.

The crash happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. just south of the Dorchester town line.

Police said Russell Christian, 40, of Canaan was driving north on Route 118 when he lost control of the car, hit a utility pole and rolled the vehicle several times. His passenger, Steven Cotting, 32, of Orange, was thrown from the car during the crash.

Christian suffered severe injuries. He was treated at the scene by members of the Canaan Fast Squad and Canaan Fire Department before being airlifted by DHART to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Cotting also was treated at the scene and then transported by Canaan Fast Squad to the Lebanon hospital.

According to a news release, both excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. Neither Christian nor Cotting was wearing a seatbelt.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is urged to call police at 603-523-7400.

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