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3 killed in Rte. 2 crash

Three people 83-year-old Leona Dunn of Lancaster and her 15-year-old granddaughter, Nicole Silsby of Lunenburg, Vt., 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, including 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 08, 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, Nicole Silsby of Lunenburg, both died at the accident site. The teenager was the daughter of the driver, Diane Silsby, 41, of Lunenburg, who was driving a 2007 Nissan Altima. Ms. Silsby was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon by a DHART helicopter. She was listed in "satisfactory" condition by a hospital spokesperson on Monday morning. Twenty-six-year-old Rachel Metivier of Lewiston, Me., also died at the accident site. 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 — a three-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, who were also passengers in the Explorer driven by Mr. Caron were both taken to AVH. According to the July 6 "Lewiston (Me.) Sun Journal," the three-year-old is Mr. Caron's daughter, and the six-year-old boy, Ms. Metivier's son. The 3-year-old and her father were both later airlifted to DHMC for treatment. Mr. Caron was listed in "satisfactory" condition on Monday morning. No information was available on his daughter's condition. The boy was released from AVH, according to the State Police. The State Police did not release the youngsters' names. The Silsby family moved to Lunenburg from New York on Monday, June 29, following completion of Jason Silsby's military career, according to family friends. Nicole was to have attended St. Johnsbury Academy as a sophomore in the fall. Her older brother will enter Norwich University in September. Mrs. Dunn, was the mother of 14 children, including Mrs. Silsby. Obituaries for both Mrs. Dunn and her granddaughter are on page A2. According to a press release issued after midnight on July 4, by the State Police, the cause of the accident is under investigation. Neither alcohol and drugs nor road and weather conditions appear to be factors. At the time of the accident, the skies were partly cloudy and the highway dry. Torrential rains fell about half-an-hour or so after the accident took place. The State Police from Troop F have interviewed several witnesses, and on Monday lead investigator State Police Trooper Amanda Johnson traveled to DHMC to conduct further interviews. On Friday night, Route 2 from Durand Road West to Valley Road on the west end of town 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.

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