Epping, Merrimack motorists hurt in Route 125 crash
LEE — Two people were sent to the hospital Monday after a car struck a tractor-trailer, which flipped over and spilled sand on Route 125, state police said.
Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded at 1:53 p.m. after an accident occurred near the intersection of Route 125 — Calef's Highway — and Pinkham Road, which is about a quarter-mile from the Barrington town line.
State police Lt. Chris Vetter said the accident happened when a 2001 Saab station wagon being driven north on Route 125 by Michael Yorek, 24, of Merrimack, crossed the yellow line and entered the path of the tractor-trailer traveling south.
The two vehicles hit head-on, Vetter said, and the tractor-trailer, driven by Daniel Makin, 55, of Epping, left the highway, went up an embankment and rolled over.
Lee Fire Capt. Scott Nemet said firefighters were surprised to find out a tractor-trailer hauling sand had flipped onto the driver's side and spilled its contents all over the highway, but they quickly called in for even more support due to the extent of the accident
"We started mutual aid right away due to the road conditions," Nemet said, adding Lee and Barrington firefighters were joined by crews from Durham and eventually Rochester.
Vetter said Makin was trapped for nearly an hour before being freed by rescue personnel with the aid of a hydraulic metal-cutter. He added Makin suffered injuries to his lower extremities. Yorek suffered minor injuries.
"From what we can tell, they don't appear to be life-threatening injuries," Vetter said.
The names of the drivers have not been released.
Nemet said McGregor Ambulance crews brought both drivers to Wentworth- Douglass Hospital in Dover
While weather appears to be a factor, state police are trying to determine whether any other factors contributed to the crash, according to State Police Lt. Nicole Armaganian.
"We know it's a serious crash," Armaganian said, adding a heavy tow truck was called to the scene.
Vetter said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
At 4 p.m., the highway remained shut down around the accident scene and was expected to be closed for another couple of hours for sand to be removed, the tractor-trailer turned upright and the truck's fuel tanks emptied, Vetter said.
Nemet said crews from the state Department of Transportation responded to pick up the sand.
Barrington Fire Chief Rick Walker said one engine from Barrington responded to assist at the scene, but they returned to town around 3:30 p.m.
"The road will be closed for some time," Walker said. As Barrington firefighters responded to two other minor accidents Monday, Walker advised drivers to slow down and be safe on the slippery roads.