CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- An early morning crash at the base of Chesterfield Hill sent two Spofford residents with serious injuries to the hospital.

According to Spofford Fire Chief Gordon Rudolp, at about 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, a Subaru was pulling out of Forestview Drive when it was broadsided by a Jeep Cherokee traveling west on Route 9. An extraction device was scrambled from the Keene Fire Department and the Subaru's driver was transported to Cheshire Medical Center with injuries to the head, chest and lower extremities. The driver was later airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

The jeep driver, who was also transported to Cheshire Medical Center, received minor injuries, said Rudolph.

"It was a very hard impact," he said.

According to the Chesterfield Police Department, Jay D. Jacobs, 52 of Spofford was driving the Subaru and attempting to go west when he pulled in front of the Jeep, which was being driven by Holly A. Champion, 48, also of Spofford. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Spofford Fire was assisted by Chesterfield Fire and Rescue, the Cheshire County Sheriff's Department and the Hinsdale Police Department, said Rudolph.

Rudolph said before the scene was cleared at about 9 a.m., traffic on Route 9 was reduced to one-lane alternating traffic.

"It was a huge mess," he said, with traffic backed up to Chesterfield Gorge on the west side of the accident.

Rudolph, who has been with the Spofford Fire Department for the past 22 years, six as chief, said even though the intersection of Route 9 and Glebe Road and Forestview Road can be problematic, serious accidents there are rare.

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