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U-turn ends with Jeep in flames in Northwood; Pittsfield driver suffers life-threatening injuries

August 31. 2018 1:56PM

NORTHWOOD — A Pittsfield man suffered life-threatening injuries Thursday evening when a car making a U-turn on Route 4 clipped his Jeep, causing it to swerve off the road into a tree and burst into flames, state police said.

Rick Taylor, 55, was taken to Concord Hospital after the crash. Police said they were called at 5:47 p.m. and found a 2010 Acura sedan in the breakdown lane with a driver and passenger inside.

Nearby was Taylor’s 2017 Jeep Renegade; he had to be pulled from the burned wreckage.

The driver of the Acura, Holly Ann Sawyer Neenan, 24, of Seabrook, and her passenger were not injured, police said.

Route 4 was closed in both directions for four hours in the area of the crash as members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit investigated.

“Based upon the initial on-scene investigation, it appears that the Acura Sedan was pulled over in the westbound breakdown lane and then began to make a U-turn as the Jeep Renegade was passing by, traveling westbound,” state police said in a news release. “The Acura struck the Jeep on the rear passenger-side door, causing the Jeep to swerve off the roadway to the right and crash, head-on, into a tree.”

State police said at this time it does not appear that speed or alcohol were factors.

Anyone with information can contact Trooper Christopher Martineau by email at or by calling 603-223-8626.

Public Safety Northwood

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