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Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision involving a Semi-Truck


18-wheeler truck driving toward driver in car

According to The Portsmouth Herald, a multiple-vehicle crash involving two SUVs and a large box truck left three people with injuries in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.

Extent of Injuries Unknown

The accident occurred around 11:45 a.m. local time at the intersection of Hemingway Drive and Route 125. The initial collision happened between the two SUVs, according to The Portsmouth Herald.

Charlene Hodsdon, 65, stopped on Route 125 to turn left onto Hemingway Drive when another motorist, 78-year-old Harold Jencks, crashed into the back of her SUV.

The collision caused Hodsdon to cross the road’s dividing line into the path of a large box truck. The Portsmouth Herald reports that she struck the semi-truck on the left-rear side, sending it off the road and causing it to roll over.

Brian Westcott, 49, the driver of the 18-wheeler, and Jencks received treatment at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Hodsdon was taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover. Although the vehicles in the collision sustained massive damage, the extent of the victims’ injuries is not currently known.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the police have yet to file charges in connection to the injury accident.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. Here is some additional information on 18-wheeler accidents:

  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of those injured were occupants of other vehicles.
    • From 2013 to 2014, the number of injured occupants of other vehicles involved in crashes with large trucks increased 19 percent.
  • Seventy-nine percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays.

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