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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.

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.

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.

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.

The backhoe driver was not at fault, Lewis said.

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

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