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Oct 7, 2015 9:22 AM

Two cars collide in "T-bone" crash in front of Derry fire station


DERRY - A car accident near one of the town's fire stations allowed firefighters to respond promptly, but firefighters say one person might have avoided serious injury if she'd worn a seat belt.

The accident around 4 p.m. on Tuesday involved two cars, one of which hit the other broadside at the intersection of Route 28 and Scobie Pond Road.

The driver of a red Toyota Camry was identified as Kate Leach, 49, of 14 Chancellor Drive, in Derry. She was taken to Parkland Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the second car, a green Kia, was identified as Rosemary Robertson, 62, of 24 Thorpe St. Somerville, Mass. She was flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Firefighters say she had to be extricated from the car after she was thrown from the drivers side to the passenger side by the collision. She suffered life threatening injuries and is reportedly in critical condition at Tufts.

Police say it appears that Robertson was heading east on Scobie Pond Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Route 28 Bypass, hitting the Camry driven by Leach, which was was heading north on the Route 28 Bypass.

"The Derry Fire Deparment wants to remind everyone to wear their seatbelts. Even with airbags, occupants can suffer major or even fatal injuries if they are unrestrained," the department stated in a news release.

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