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Head-On Crash in New Hampshire Kills One, Injures Two

September 01, 2018

COLUMBIA, NH. – August 24, 2018 ( One person died and two people were injured in a head-on vehicle crash August 23 in New Hampshire, according to an online report from Authorities have now identified the people involved, including the victim who died in the crash.*

On August 23, 54-year-old Susan Ladd, of Canaan, Vermont, was driving an SUV northbound on a roadway in Columbia, New Hampshire. Ladd crossed into the southbound lane to pass a car in front of her and struck a southbound vehicle in the process. 

Ladd was transported to a local hospital with injuries. A passenger in her SUV, 79-year-old Evelyn Goudreau, of Colebrook, New Hampshire, died at the scene of the accident, according to New Hampshire State Police. The driver of the southbound vehicle, 71-year-old Robert Purington, of Pittsburg, New Hampshire, was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries. 

Ladd’s and Purington’s current medical conditions are not known. New Hampshire State Police are investigating the collision and have not provided additional details regarding the accident at this time. Police do not believe alcohol or speeding were factors in the crash. 

Head-on vehicle collisions represent a small number of the accidents that occur every year in the United States, but they account for a larger percentage of traffic deaths in the country. About 2 percent of all the accidents in the U.S. involve head-on collisions, but these types of accidents cause approximately 10 percent of the nation’s crash-related deaths. Because of the force and nature of these accidents, they lead to more serious injuries and more deaths than many other types of vehicle accidents. 

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