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For Immediate Release
August 23, 2018
For more information contact:
Trooper Neil Chapdelaine
(603) 271-1170
neil.chapdelaine@dos.nh.gov

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, Route 3, Columbia


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On Thursday, August 23, 2018, at approximately 2:45 PM, the New Hampshire State Police-Troop F took a report of a two vehicle crash on Route 3 in the town of Columbia. When first responders arrived, they learned two vehicles had been involved in what appeared to be a head-on collision. On-scene investigation revealed that a 2017 Ford Edge being operated by a Susan Ladd, Age: 54, Canaan, VT, was traveling northbound and had crossed over the center line in a legal passing zone in which to pass a third unidentified vehicle also traveling northbound, when Ladd'S vehicle struck a vehicle traveling southbound, described as a, 2018 Subaru Forester being operated by Robert Purington, Age: 71, Pittsburg, NH.

A female passenger in Ladd'S vehicle was given medical attention, but was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as Evelyn Goudreau, Age: 79, Colebrook, NH.

Ladd was initially transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, (UCVH), in Colebrook, New Hampshire with serious injuries and later flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire for further treatment. Purington was also transported to UCVH with serious injuries.Ladd was initially transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, (UCVH), in Colebrook, New Hampshire with serious injuries and later flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire for further treatment. Purington was also transported to UCVH with serious injuries.

The New Hampshire State Police-Troop F was assisted on scene by members of the Colebrook Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services as well as the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

At this time the investigation is on-going but neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in this collision. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Trooper Neil Chapdelaine at (603) 271-1170 or neil.chapdelaine@dos.nh.gov.

   
 
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