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Mass. woman dies in Ossipee crash on Route 16

May 27, 2010
OSSIPEE — A Massachusetts woman was killed in a single-car accident on Route 16 near Pine River Road on Saturday afternoon.

On Monday, Ossipee Police identified the victim as Andrea Newlyn, 48, of Amesbury, Mass. According to police, Newlyn lost control of her 2000 Nissan Xterra, a mid-sized SUV, at around 2:50 p.m. as she was heading northbound on Route 16. She was trapped under the vehicle after being ejected from it.

The vehicle tumbled down an embankment and came to rest along the wood line about 75 to 100 feet from on the northbound travel lane, according to Ossipee Police Cpl. Bob King. It appears Newlyn was not wearing a seatbelt.

"Always wear your seatbelt," said King. "Although some people who get in accidents say they would have been hurt worse if they had one on, I've never seen a circumstance where that would be true."

Traffic was rerouted through Route16B for three hours while the investigation unfolded. Although it's unclear if the cause of the crash will ever be definitively identified, speed appears to be a contributing factor, said King.

"There were a few eyewitnesses who were able to provide statements," said King.

According to Center Ossipee Fire Chief Michael Brownell, the intersection has become a "hotspot" for accidents. In fact, there was a far less serious two-car accident there last week. In that accident there were no injuries, but both cars had to be towed from the scene.

Accidents at the intersection usually happen when a driver fails to adequately look in both directions while pulling out on the highway, Brownell said.

Rescue workers had to deploy special equipment called air bags and rescue jacks to free Newlyn's body from the wreckage. The heavy-duty air bags are designed to lift cars when they are inflated. The rescue jacks keep the vehicle stable.

Police are unsure of where exactly Newlyn was heading, but they believe she has a residence in Parsonsfield, Maine.

The Ossipee Police Department is investigating the accident. The following agencies also responded to the accident: The Carroll County Sheriff's Office, West Ossipee and Center Ossipee Fire Department, and MedStar Emergency Medical Services.

Varney Smith
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