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UPDATE: Two critical after backhoe, SUV collide in Bristol


BRISTOL — A man and woman from Franklin were in critical condition late Monday night after a collision involving their SUV and a state Department of Transportation backhoe along Route 104, police said.

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Police Chief Michael Lewis said that drug and alcohol tests were conducted on the accident victims, and the driver of the SUV may face charges.

“We are working on a criminal case with relation to the driver,” Lewis said.
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Lewis, who would not identify either victim, said both are in their 20s. About 9 p.m. Monday, both were undergoing surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, he said.

The backhoe operator, a state employee who was driving to a local shed, was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital with a minor leg injury, Lewis said.
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The accident happened just after 3 p.m. after the SUV and a state backhoe collided on Route 104 near the R.P. Williams Lumberyard.

Police said the driver of the SUV crossed the double-yellow center line of the road and struck the westbound backhoe.
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The backhoe driver was not at fault, Lewis said.

A section of Route 104 was closed until just after 6 p.m.

dseufert@newstote.com
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