Saturday June 8, 2013

HINSDALE, N.H. -- Authorities continue to investigate a head-on car crash Tuesday afternoon that sent two people to the hospital, one of them by helicopter with serious injuries.

According to Hinsdale Police, the accident occurred on Northfield Road just before 4:20 p.m., when a 2011 Hyundai driven by Tia Sherman, 46, of Hinsdale, crashed into a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck operated by Jessica Wolfe, 36, of Greenfield, Mass. It appears as though Sherman, who was driving north, crossed the double yellow line and entered the opposite lane. She was airlifted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner told the Reformer his department is following up on leads, interviewing the crash’s several witnesses and communicating with each driver to deduce what caused the accident. He said, if all goes well, the investigation will be completed by the middle or end of next week.

Sherman was still at Baystate Medical Center on Friday evening but her status was not available. Rescue Inc. transported Wolfe to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Hinsdale Fire Chief Jay Matuszewski said Sherman possibly suffered a broken pelvis, a broken arm and a lower leg fracture. He said she had large open wounds on her lower right leg. Matuszewski also said Sherman was complaining of chest pain and was having difficulty breathing.


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Matuszewski said the Jaws of Life were needed to extract both victims from the vehicles. He said Rescue Inc. brought one device and he got another from the Brattleboro Fire Department. Matuszewski said both vehicles were totaled. He said, with all of the curves, the road can be dangerous.

Fire crews and police shut down Northfield for about two hours and traffic was detoured through Winchester or Brattleboro, Vt., according to Hinsdale Police.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.