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Four hurt in three-car accident in downtown Manchester

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 11. 2018 9:33PM
Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan, left, holds an IV bag as firefighters from nearby Central Fire Station work to remove an accident victim after a three-vehicle crash on Merrimack Street Wednesday morning. (MARK HAYWARD/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — A mid-morning accident downtown Wednesday sent four people to local hospitals, one who was freed from his vehicle by firefighters who flocked to the scene from the nearby Central Fire Station.

Witnesses told police a Hyundai SUV was traveling south on Chestnut Street at a high rate of speed and ran the red light at Chestnut and Merrimack streets.

The intersection is just a few feet from the Central Fire Station, and firefighters quickly rushed to the scene. Fire Chief Dan Goonan held an IV bag while medics and firefighters worked on the man trapped in his car.

“It was loud enough. I was in my office, and I heard it, and I said ‘That’s going to hurt,’” District Fire Chief Al Poulin said.

Police Lt. Brian O’Keefe said criminal charges will be filed against the driver responsible for the crash.

Poulin said the Hyundai SUV driver was taken to Elliot Hospital. A man who had to be cut out of his Toyota sedan suffered “major traumatic injuries” and also was transported to Elliot Hospital. His car was struck on the passenger side, Poulin said.

The driver and passenger in the third vehicle — a Chevrolet crossover — were taken to Catholic Medical Center, he said. The Chevrolet contained a mechanic from the nearby Brutus Auto Repair and Service, who told authorities he was taking it for a test drive with a customer.

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