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For Immediate Release
January 4, 2017
For more information contact:
Trooper Garrett Rella
(603)-846-3333 or garrett.rella@dos.nh.gov

Multiple Motor Vehicle Crashes on January 3, 2018, Coos County

photo showing damaged nissan titan and chevy equinox

On the morning of Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the NH State Police, Troop F and G, responded to four motor vehicle collisions in just over one hour's time in Coos County. Two collisions occurred on Route 16 near the entrance to the Mount Washington Auto Road, one in the town of Stratford on Route 3 and one on Route 2 in the town of Randolph. The weather was clear at the time of the collisions, but the roads were slippery due to ice that had formed, as well as some lightly packed snow. All collisions were caused by drivers driving too fast for the existing roadway conditions.

There were no injuries reported at the collisions on Route 3 and Route 16. One of the collisions on Route 16 involved two vehicles. All vehicles were towed from the scene. Gorham Fire Department and EMS, as well as the NH Department of Transportation also assisted at the collision on Route 16. Northumberland Police and Groveton Ambulance assisted at the collision in Stratford.

The most serious of the collisions occurred on Route 2 in the town of Randolph. Just before 9 a.m., a 2007 Nissan Titan pickup truck, driven by Anthony Costello, age 31, of Bethlehem, NH, was headed east on Route 2 near the bottom of Randolph Hill. A second vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Edward Scott, age 80, of Hoosick Falls, NY, was headed west. Investigation revealed that Costello began to pass a vehicle in front of his as they came to a 2-lane section of the eastbound portion of Route 2. As Costello vehicle started to pass, it lost traction and went into the westbound lane into the oncoming path of the Equinox. The Equinox struck the Nissan pickup which caused the Nissan pickup to roll onto its side.

Scott, the operator of the Equinox, became trapped in his vehicle from the impact of the collision. Gorham Fire and EMS used the jaws-of-life to extricate him. He was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin and later flown by DHART to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH with serious injuries. SCOTT also had two dogs in the vehicle that died in the collision.

Costello was not wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected from his pickup. He was rushed to Androscoggin Valley Hospital and also flown by DHART to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, also with serious, life-threatening injuries.

Assisting at the scene was the Coos County Sheriff's Department, the Randolph Police Department, the NH Department of Transportation, the Gorham Police Department and Gorham Fire and EMS.

The NH State Police would like to remind motorists to use extra caution this time of the year and adjust their driving to winter conditions. Please reduce your speed, keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles, do not accelerate or decelerate rapidly and always wear your seatbelt. Although roads may not be snow covered, they may still be icy. NHDOT is working diligently to keep our roads safe. Please give them plenty of room to perform their duties.

The accident is still under investigation. Anyone who may have further information is being asked to contact Trooper Garrett Rella of the New Hampshire State Police-Troop F at (603)-846-3333 or garrett.rella@dos.nh.gov.

   
 
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