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Published on May 24, 2024
Two Injured as Vehicle Crashes Into Concrete Barrier at Hampton Toll Plaza in New HampshireSource: Google Street View

A 78-year-old man and his passenger were injured in a crash at the Hampton Toll Plaza in New Hampshire, as the car smacked into a concrete barrier and spun out of control. According to WHDH, the incident occurred around 4 p.m. on Thursday, with the vehicle coming to rest between two barriers after losing control within the cash toll collection area on the northbound side of I-95. The passenger, who was seriously injured, was found "not alert" by first responders, leading to an emergency response to assess their condition.

The havoc wreaked by the vehicle, driven by Thomas Lynch of North Andover, Massachusetts, resulted in debris scattered across the plaza. Lynch suffered minor injuries in the crash that happened for reasons yet unknown, cited by the state police. The crash prompted a more than two-hour road closure while crews worked to clear the scene, reported NBC Boston, and normal traffic resumed at around 6:30 p.m. after the lanes were reopened.

Authorities have been scrupulous in their investigation, with state police in a statement provided by Boston 25 News indicating that Lynch was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima. After striking the barrier, the vehicle rotated, stopping perilously perpendicular to the highway. The troopers on the scene, faced with jammed passenger-side doors, broke a window to reach the injured passenger to provide assistance before the arrival of emergency medical services.

While the driver was transported to the hospital with comparatively minor injuries, the passenger's injuries were significant, necessitating immediate medical attention. Trooper Daniel J. Bourque, who is helming the ongoing investigation, has appealed to the public for any information by providing his email [email protected]. As updates surface on the probing of this unsettling highway mishap, State police commitments to unearthing the cause remain firm, ensuring that those affected by this tragic event may find answers and, potentially, solace.