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3 killed in Rte. 2 crash in Randolph



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Three people 83-year-old Leona Dunn of Lancaster, and her 15-year-old granddaughter, the daughter of one of the drivers, Diane Silsby, 41, of Lunenburg, and 26-year-old Rachel Metivier of Lewiston, Me., a passenger in the other vehicle were killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Friday afternoon on Route 2 in Randolph, about a mile west of the Lowes Gas Station. Four of the seven involved in the accident, two young children, survived the accident. This photograph was taken after sheets of rain fell from a cloudburst; the highway was dry when the accident took place. (Photo by Edith Tucker) (click for larger version)
July 06, 2009
RANDOLPH — Three people were killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Friday. The collision occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on July 3, near the height of land at Bowman, about a mile west of the Lowe's Gas Station on Route 2.

Eighty-three-year-old Leona Dunn of Lancaster and her 15-year-old granddaughter, whose name has not been released by the State Police, both died at the accident site.

The teenager was the daughter of the driver, Diane Silsby, 41, of Lunenburg, who was operating a 2007 Nissan Ultima.

Ms. Silsby was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon by a DHART helicopter.

Twenty-six-year-old Rachel Metivier of Lewiston, Me., also died at the accident scene. She was a passenger in the second vehicle, a 2000 Ford Explorer driven by Christopher Caron, 27, also of Lewiston, Me.

Mr. Caron was first taken by ambulance to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in Berlin.

Two small children, ages 3 and 6, who were also passengers in the Explorer driven by Mr. Caron, were also taken to AVH.

Both the 3-year-old and Mr. Caron were later airlifted to DHMC for treatment.

According to a press release issued after midnight on July 4, by the State Police, the extent of the injuries of those transported to DHMC are serious, but not known at this time.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors at this time.

There were several witnesses with whom State Police from Troop F are speaking. Neither road nor weather conditions appear to be factors. The skies were partly cloudy and the highway dry.

Torrential rains fell about half-an-hour or so after the accident took place.

Route 2 from Durand Road West to Valley Road was closed for almost six hours while State Police and emergency personnel worked at the scene and conducted a preliminary investigation.

Earlier, when the State Police first reached the Route 2 accident site, emergency medical personnel from Randolph, Gorham, and Berlin were already at work treating those injured.

Randolph Police, Gorham Police, Cos County Sheriff's Department, state Fish and Game Department, Randolph Life Squad and Fire Department, Gorham Ambulance and Fire Department, Berlin Ambulance, NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT), and the state Medical Examiners Office assisted the State Police at the scene, as did the Vermont State Police and Lancaster Police.

Trooper Amanda Johnson of Troop F is investigating the accident, according to

Sgt. Dennis Wade, also of Troop F.

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