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Driver hospitalized after crashing head-on into utility pole in Hampstead

Union Leader Correspondent

January 02. 2018 9:31PM
A driver was sent to a Boston hospital following a serious crash on East Main Street in Hampstead Tuesday afternoon. (Hampstead Police Department)

HAMPSTEAD — A Plaistow man was flown to a Boston hospital Tuesday afternoon after his car veered off East Main Street in Hampstead and struck a utility pole, police said.

Police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area of 170 East Main St. just before 1 p.m. for a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a utility pole, which had live wires, according to Police Lt. John Frazier. The responders were able to remove the driver, who was identified as 68-year-old Keith Ashley, from the vehicle.

Frazier said the police investigation revealed that Ashley was driving a 2016 Subaru Legacy southbound on East Main Street when his vehicle veered to the right for an unknown reason and struck the utility pole head-on.

Frazier said a section of roadway between Cortland Road and Chamberlain Avenue on East Main Street was closed for several hours while utility crews worked to repair the damage.

Ashley was flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston with unknown medical issues, Frazier said.

Ashley’s condition was not known Tuesday night.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by officer Brian Oljey.

Public Safety Hampstead

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