Crash snarls traffic on Everett Turnpike in Nashua; two sent to hospital
January 18. 2018 6:56PM
NASHUA — A pair of drivers were hospitalized, one with serious injuries, following a three-car crash on the F.E. Everett Turnpike that backed up evening rush hour traffic for miles Thursday.
The crash at about 5:30 p.m. occurred on the northbound side of the turnpike and both Nashua and Merrimack Fire Departments responded because there were conflicting reports about the crash's location.
State Police officials said they were investigating the cause of the crash.
Nashua Deputy Fire Chief Karl Gerhard said it took 40 minutes to free an entrapped driver as first responders had to take off that car's door, roof and ultimately the dashboard.
What also made the extraction difficult was fire officials only had access to one side of the car, Gerhard said.
AMR's ambulance crew requested a trauma team be available to treat this patient at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.
All three cars that were involved had only drivers in them, officials said. One driver was not injured and the third motorist was also brought to CMC with minor injuries according to Nashua Fire officials.
The heavy rush-hour traffic delayed all emergency crews getting to the accident scene.
Right after the crash, the turnpike on-ramp to Exit 8 in Nashua was closed for several hours and one northbound lane on the turnpike was also shutdown until after 7 p.m., officials said.
According to witnesses, the crash tied up northbound traffic for several miles for more than an hour and a half after it occurred.