Serious accidents occur in Massachusetts and the surrounding states every day, for many different reasons. But a motor vehicle accident on Sunday in New Hampshire made headlines after police reported that a bear was likely responsible.
The serious car accident sent seven people to area hospitals for treatment and created quite a gruesome scene. A couple from Boston, Massachusetts, was among the people injured. They were both listed in critical condition as of Monday.
The crash happened after a bear ran on to the Route 16 in Center Ossipee, New Hampshire, and was killed by a car. A Lincoln Town Car, driven by the Bostonian, swerved to miss the accident and collided with a Land Rover driven by a 50-year-old woman.
A police spokesperson expressed doubt that the accident could have been avoided as bears typically move very fast when they come out of the woods and are not easily seen at night, which is when the accident happened.
A witness said that the scene was chaotic and the woman driving the Land Rover was pinned inside the wreckage. Rescue workers had to use the Jaws of Life on at least one of the vehicles at the scene, the witness said.
The Massachusetts couple in the Town Car was the most severely injured and were reportedly complaining about being in severe pain. The owner of the vehicle expressed concern about his dogs that were also riding in the car.
The woman in the Land Rover and her passengers, a 16-year-old, a 15-year-old and an 11-year old were all transported to area hospitals and were listed in stable condition.
The section of highway where the crash occurred had to be shut down by police for several hours to allow officers to investigate. Police ruled out excessive speed and alcohol as factors in the accident, but the crash does remain under investigation.
Indeed, large animals crossing roadways can cause serious accidents in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Bears, especially, can blend in with the road because of their coloring. Therefore, always be fully aware of your surroundings while driving, especially on rural roads.
Source: WMUR 9, “Police Blame Bear For Serious Accident; 7 Hospitalized,” Aug. 15, 2011.