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November 27. 2013 1:16PM

UPDATE: Police release names in Londonderry collision

LONDONDERRY - The five-people injured in Monday's serious crash on Route 28 are all Derry residents, Londonderry Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Driver Crystal Iaci, 31, was seriously injured after a commercial truck struck her SUV while she was driving to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Monday afternoon. Iaci's injuries aren't life threatening, according to Londonderry Battalion Chief James Roger.
 
Passenger Eric Piermattei, 35, suffered less-serious injuries, as did the three children on board: a 12-year-old boy and nine-year-old twin girls.
 
Police Detective Christopher Olson refused to release the children's names and said all five of the SUV's occupants were transported to the Elliot Hospital in Manchester Monday afternoon.
 
Police identified the truck's driver as Brandon Ellis of Hudson.
 
Ellis, who could not be reached for comment, will likely face charges as he is believed to have been driving without a license, officials said. As of Wednesday afternoon, however, the case remained under investigation and no charges have been brought, according to Olson.
 
Officials from Camco Landscaping, the Nashua and Tewksbury, Mass.-based company that owned the truck, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
 
The crash remains under investigation, though initial reports indicate the dump truck appeared to have crossed over the yellow line before it collided with the SUV.
 
Somehow, the drivers of both vehicles managed to narrowly avoid a head-on crash.
 
A section of Route 28 remained closed to traffic for several hours Monday afternoon as members of the Londonderry Police Department and the State Police highway enforcement division investigated the accident scene.
 
Public works crews also worked on the scene to address fuel spillage coming from the dump truck.
 
Previous story follows:
 
LONDONDERRY — A family heading out of town for Thanksgiving is counting their blessings this week after surviving a serious crash near the Manchester border Monday afternoon.

Three children and their parents suffered serious, though not life-threatening injuries when the sport-utility vehicle they were travelling in collided with a commercial dump truck, according to Londonderry Battalion Fire Chief James Roger.

Fire officials received reports of the crash, which occurred near the intersection of Rockingham and Old Mammoth roads, shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.

Upon their arrival, fire crews from Manchester were already on the scene, and an ambulance crew from Bedford arrived moments later.

According to Roger, the family, whom emergency officials didn't identify, was on their way to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport at the time of the crash.

Both parents, along with their 12-year-old son and seven-year-old twin daughters, were transported to the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

Mother and son suffered the most severe injuries, officials said.

The truck's driver, whose name wasn't immediately available Tuesday, will likely face charges as he was apparently driving without a license, according to local police.

Officials from Camco Landscaping, the Tewksbury, Mass.-based company that owned the truck, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

The crash remains under investigation, though initial reports indicate the dump truck appeared to have crossed over the yellow line before it collided with the SUV.

Somehow, the drivers of both vehicles managed to narrowly avoid a head-on crash.

"It definitely could have ended in a fatality," Roger said Tuesday. "Someone still had the sense about them to maneuver their vehicle in the nick of time."

Emergency officials evaluated the dump truck driver at the scene, though he declined to be transported to the hospital in an ambulance.

Roger said Londonderry Police later drove the driver to the hospital for a blood test, though further details weren't immediately available.

A section of Route 28 remained closed to traffic for several hours Monday afternoon as members of the Londonderry Police Department and the State Police highway enforcement division investigated the accident scene.

Public works crews also worked on the scene to address fuel spillage from the dump truck.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

AGuilmet@newstote.com


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