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Woman on motorcycle badly injured trying to dodge mattress left on Route 101

Union Leader Correspondent

May 19. 2017 9:28AM
A mattress obstructing the way is blamed for the crash of a female motorcyclist Thursday on Route 101 West in Candia. (Jeffrey Hastings)

CANDIA — A Bow motorcyclist was severely injured when her bike hit a mattress in the middle of Route 101 Thursday afternoon.

Lorena Case, 55, riding a 2005 Harley Davidson, suffered two broken arms and a dislocated shoulder, according to Fire Lt. Bill Cormier. She was alert, conscious and able to answer questions when firefighters responded to the crash about 12:30 p.m., he said.

The mattress had fallen off a 2011 Chevy Traverse driven by Karen Paulson, 60, of Merrimack, according to state police, in the westbound lane just before Exit 3. Paulson initially was unaware the mattress had fallen from her car but reported the incident a short time later, state police said.

An off-duty paramedic from Londonderry was one of two people who stopped to help the woman after the crash, Cormier said.

“We had a lot of bystander help,” he said.

Route 101 was closed for about 20 minutes while emergency crews tended to the patient.

“The patient was in the roadway,” he said.

Case was brought to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for treatment.

The accident remains under investigation, state police said.

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