Several seriously injured in snow day crashes

TWO PEOPLE were critically injured and five others were taken to area hospitals following a violent crash on Route 16 in Ossipee on Monday, Dec. 9. According to police, snowy road conditions contributed, at least in part, to the head-on collision. Pictured here is the car that an Ossipee woman and four teenagers were occupants in. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
December 12, 2013
OSSIPEE — As of press time, an Ossipee woman remained hospitalized at Maine Medical Center in critical condition with life threatening injuries following a head-on collision in Ossipee on Monday, Dec. 9.

At 7 p.m. that day, emergency crews were called to a report of the two-vehicle accident on Route 16 in the area of Island Path Road and Rite Price Auto Sales. According to police, the driver, a 17-year-old male was partially ejected from the vehicle. Passenger April Langlois, 34, of Ossipee had to be extricated from the vehicle. Both she and the driver were taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. There were three juveniles in the back seat including a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old male as well as a 16-year-old female. They were also injured in the crash and taken to Huggins Hospital.

The initial police investigation has revealed that the 1995 Saturn the five were traveling in crossed the centerline into the northbound lane when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car struck a 2001 Dodge Ram truck head-on. In that vehicle were Conway residents Nicholas Zavas, 51, and Joyce Zavas, 48. They were taken by ambulance to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester because, reportedly, Huggins Hospital did not have the capability to handle the sudden influx of so many patients to their emergency department.

Several emergency agencies including Ossipee Corner Fire Department, Ossipee Police, Wakefield Police, Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Wakefield Ambulance, Stewart's Ambulance, North Conway Ambulance, Center Ossipee Fire Department, and paramedics from Huggins Hospital all responded to the scene. According to the dispatch log, Route 16 remained closed for about two and a half hours.

Police are calling driver inexperience and weather conditions contributing factors in the crash. Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has any information about it is asked to contact Officer Justin Swift or Lt. Joseph Duchesne at Ossipee Police Department at 539-2011 or 539-2284.

Road conditions were anything but pleasant as snow fell throughout the region, in places mixing at times with freezing rain.

At 4:44 p.m. emergency crews were called to Ledge Hill Road in Tuftonboro on a report of a two-vehicle accident with a 16-year-old girl unconscious, bleeding, but with a pulse. The vehicle had to be cut away to free her from the wreckage and she was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro. The patient in the other vehicle was treated and released at the scene.

Other minor accidents Dec. 9 reported locally include a car that struck a fire hydrant in Wakefield, a vehicle that slid off the road in Ossipee, and a car that hit a telephone pole in the parking lot of Lovell Lake Food Store in Wakefield.

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