EXTRICATION IN PROGRESS on Feb. 20, following an accident on Route 109 by Oak Hill Road: Tuftonboro Fire and Rescue members work to extricate Cory Hunter from the cab of his pickup truck under the full lighting provided by Tuftonboro’s new Engine 1. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
March 01, 2012TUFTONBORO — There were two accidents in less than a week on Route 109 in Tuftonboro.
On Monday, Feb. 20, around 6:50 p.m., Tuftonboro resident Cory Hunter swerved to avoid hitting a deer on Route 109 near Oak Hill Road and ended up smashing his white pickup into a tree.
The Tuftonboro Police Department, Tuftonboro Fire Department and Stewart's Ambulance quickly arrived on the scene. The severity of the damage was such that Hunter was trapped for nearly an hour as the crew worked to free him with the Jaws of Life and other extraction equipment.
According to Tuftonboro Police Chief Andy Shagoury, the sander attached to Hunter's vehicle broke the retaining straps, slid forward, struck the cab of the truck and landed in the road, spilling sand and complicating the rescue effort.
As police directed traffic, the crew freed Hunter from the vehicle. Stewart's Ambulance and Huggins Hospital Paramedic transported him to Huggins Hospital where he was later transferred to Dartmouth by DHART helicopter. He is reported to have since returned home.
Tuftonboro Fire and Rescue Chief Adam Thompson said that a gas leak was contained and cleaned up during the rescue operation, which closed Route 109 for approximately two hours. Mutual aid was also received from Wolfeboro Fire Rescue and the Wolfeboro Police Department.
There was a second accident on Route 109 on Saturday, Feb. 25, this time near the bridge at 19 Mile Bay. It also required another extrication effort, this time involving two people.
Tuftonboro Police and Fire Rescue Department personnel responded to the two-vehicle accident at approximately 8:31 p.m. along with North Conway and Stewart's Ambulance services.
Police Chief Andy Shagoury reports that Gail Aylward of Rowley, Mass., driving north, collided with Nicala Keene of Dover, Mass., driving south.
The road was closed until 10 p.m. while the rescue crew extricated Aylward and her husband, Ronald, from their vehicle. Keene and her passenger and the Aylwards were all transported to Huggins Hospital.