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August 02. 2014 9:28PM

3 dead in Stoddard crash between car, camper on Route 9

STODDARD - State police last night confirmed that three people are dead after a collision between a car and a camper on Route 9.

Investigators were still at the scene five hours after the crash, which happened at approximately at 2:13 p.m. near Route 123. A DHART medical helicopter was called to the scene.

No further information about the crash was available last evening.

The investigation initally revealed that for unknown reasons, the 2010 Honda Accord, driven by Mary Newton, 54, of Greenfield, Mass., crossed over into the eastbound lane, into the direct path of a 1974 RV, being operated by Edgar Fountain, 83, of West Melbourne, Fla.

Moments later, the two vehicles collided head-on, with the resulting collision causing both Newton and a 16-year-old passenger suffering life-threatening injuries, with both later succumbing to those injuries.

Fountain was transported with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, while a passenger in the RV, Dulce Marie Campo Perez, 68, of West Melbourne, Fla., also suffered fatal injuries caused by the accident.

The investigation is being handled by the State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit, along with assistance from NH State Police, Troop C Barracks. Area police departments and emergency personnel that assisted included members of the Stoddard Police Department, Stoddard Fire & Rescue, Stoddard EMS, Marlow Police Department, and Hancock Police Department.   

Authorities, after completing the initial stages of the investigation, deem that it doesn't appear that drug or alcohol were factors in the accident, but that it remains under investigation. 

Just last month, state safety officials announced that the number of fatal crashes appeared to be down this year compared with recent years, and said they were hopeful the state's efforts to reduce highway deaths were working.

The state's Driving Toward Zero campaign targets speeding, driving under the influence and distracted driving. Electronic signs remind drivers about such dangers.

Anyone that may have further information pertaining to the crash, contact Trooper Bryan Plamondon at 223-4381 or by email at bryan.plamondon@dos.nh.gov.


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