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Motorist bruised in horrific-appearing car accident



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Driver David “Ike” Ikasalo of Twin Mountain was in a two-vehicle accident on Route 3 North after a 30-year-old driver from Nashua crossed the centerline in his pickup truck and struck Mr. Ikasalo’s subcompact car, rolling it over on its roof and trapping him inside. Amazingly, he only sustained internal and external bruises, and is very grateful to still be alive and to have received such excellent and speedy help from all the emergency workers at the scene, as well as from four witnesses. (Photo by Edith Tucker) (click for larger version)
June 09, 2010
TWIN MOUNTAIN — A two-vehicle collision on Route 3 North at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, sent a local driver to the emergency room, but miraculously with only cuts and bruises.

David "Ike" Ikasalo, 58, of Twin Mountain was headed south to his job at the Omni Mount Washington on Route 3 North near the railroad crossing when a pickup truck driven by Scott Ledoux, 30, of Nashua crossed over the yellow line into the southbound travel lane, striking Mr. Ikasalo's car, according to Police Officer Tadd Bailey as well as Mr. Ikasalo's own account.

His 1997 Ford Contour subcompact rolled over, apparently three times, and came to rest on its roof, trapping Mr. Ikasalo inside the mangled vehicle.

The Twin Mountain Fire Department and EMS quickly arrived at the accident site, located near their station, and it only took these trained workers and volunteers about 15 minutes to extricate Mr. Ikasalo from his car.

Mr. Ledoux was not injured and declined medical treatment at the site, Officer Bailey reported.

Twin Mountain Ambulance transported Mr. Ikasalo to the Littleton Regional Hospital with what appeared to be moderate, but non-life-threatening injuries, Officer Bailey reported.

Mr. Ikasalo said in a Friday afternoon telephone interview that he was treated and released from the emergency room at LRH and sent home with his wife, Jane.

His personal physician has urged him to take at least two weeks off from work, however, to allow his body to recover from both internal and external bruising plus minor cuts.

"I'm grateful to be alive," Mr. Ikasalo said, noting that he has no memory of the accident after first seeing a black vehicle heading in his direction.

"I'm grateful from the bottom of my heart to the Carroll Police Department, the EMTs, and the Fire Department. Everyone was very professional, and I can't say enough about how well each one treated me — and also how gently they handled my wife, not allowing her to come up to the car while I was still inside."

Both vehicles were towed from the accident site by Lufkin's of Whitefield.

Mr. Ikasalo ran unsuccessfully for selectman in 2008 and, in his drive for "transparency" often attends selectmen's meetings.

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