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Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in single-car crash in Concord

A 28-year-old Massachusetts woman was being treated for life-threatening injuries at Concord Hospital after a single-car accident Wednesday night, the police said.

Lt. Timothy O’Malley said Concord police officers responded to a crash near the intersection of Currier Road and Shenandoah Drive about 9 p.m. Once there, they found a four-door sedan that appeared to have left the road and struck a tree.

The driver, Melissa Gildersleeve, had to be extricated from the car by the Concord Fire Department. She suffered life-threatening injuries, and as of yesterday afternoon, O’Malley said she was in “critical but guarded condition.”

“My understanding is that based on the injuries, it could go either way,” he said.

The passenger, identified only as a 25-year-old male, was able to pull himself from the car. He was also transported to Concord Hospital, and his injuries appeared to be serious but non-life-threatening. He was not a relative of the driver, O’Malley said.

“The initial investigation is focused around the possibility of speed as a factor,” O’Malley said. “We’re also looking into the possibility that alcohol was involved. . . . It’s a possible cause.”

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with further information about the accident should call the Concord police at 225-8600.

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