Jul 12, 2015 7:04 PM
A man driving the wrong way in the wrong lane on Route 12 in Keene causes 3-car crash
KEENE - A man driving the wrong way in the wrong lane on Route 12 caused a three-car accident that sent several people to the hospital Sunday afternoon.
Police say 86-year-old William Thomas was driving a Chevy Impala and heading south on Route 12 when he crossed into the northbound lane. Police say he crossed into the breakdown lane on that side and then drifted back into oncoming traffic. One car was able to take evasive action to avoid a collision but another driver, Jennife Luse, of Keene, was unable to avoid the Impala. A third vehicle then hit them both.
Thomas was trapped in the car and rescuers had to remove him. He was taken to Cheshire Medical Center and flown by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. His injuries were described as critical.
Luse and a passenger and two children riding in her car were all taken to Cheshire Medical Center. The passenger, who was not named, was subsequently flown by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with critical injuries. Luse was being treated at Cheshire Medical Center for non life-threatening injuries and the two children were taken there as a precaution.
The people in the third vehicle, William Hamlin and his wife, Betty, were uninjured as a result of the collision.
The highway was closed for roughly two and a half hours while the Keene Police Collision Analysis Team investigated the collision.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the event or has further information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Jason Short of the Keene Police Department at 603-357-9813.