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NH State Police investigating two-car crash in Lyndeborough

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 16. 2017 3:06AM
Three people were hurt in this Wednesday afternoon crash on Route 31 in Lyndeborough. (COURTESY)

LYNDEBOROUGH — State police say two people suffered serious injuries, and a third person was flown to a Massachusetts hospital with life-threatening injuries following a two-car crash on Route 31 in Lyndeborough Wednesday afternoon.

Lyndeborough police were notified around 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday of a serious crash involvng two motor vehicles on Route 31. New Hampshire state police also responded to the scene.

According to state police, a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse all-wheel drive operated by Rebecca Rodenhiser, 38, of Peterborough was headed north on Route 31 when it crossed over into the southbound lane and hit head-on a 2005 Volvo S40 sedan driven by Joanne Vandeusen, 67, of Greenfield.

According to state police, Rodenhiser suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, where she was eventually arrested on charges of felony aggravated driving while under the influence.

Vandeusen also sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

State police said a passenger in the Volvo, identified as Abou Sylla, 59, also of Greenfield, sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. by Med-Flight helicopter.

Due to the seriousness of the crash, the New Hampshire State Police-Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, (C.A.R.) Unit responded to the scene. Route 31 in this area was closed for approximately four hours while officers gathered evidence at the scene.

According to state police, alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, though the incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information related to the crash, or who witnessed the collsion, are asked to contact Trooper Daniel Quartulli at 223-8993 or email

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