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Accidents in Concord, Loudon send passengers to hospital

Car accidents in Concord and Loudon on Friday sent multiple people to the hospital, according to the police.

In Concord, at least two people were transported to the hospital after an accident on Route 106, said Concord police Lt. Steve Smagula. He said there were two or three vehicles involved in the accident.

One of the vehicles was carrying four children in addition to the driver, said Smagula, who was not on the scene Friday night.

All of the injuries were non-life-threatening, and the police had not received updates on the patients’ condition by yesterday afternoon, Smagula said.

The police received a call about the accident, at the corner of Route 106 and the access road to Walmart, at 6:45 Friday night, Smagula said.

“It’s still under investigation but it looks like failure to yield (caused the accident),” Smagula said.

There was also an accident in Loudon. Fire Chief Dick Wright said three people were transported to Concord Hospital after a head-on collision between a sedan and an SUV on Route 129.

Wright said the injuries from the accident were serious, but he did not believe they were life-threatening. He did not have updates on the passengers’ health yesterday afternoon, and was unable to release their identities. There were two passengers in the sedan and only the driver in the SUV.

Wright did not know what caused the Loudon accident, which happened just before 4 p.m.

“The initial dispatch indicated that someone had been ejected from one of the vehicles, and I don’t believe that that was correct,” he said. “My understanding was that that person did get out of the vehicle themselves.”

Wright said weather conditions were poor Friday, which may have contributed to the accidents in both Loudon and Concord.

“I don’t know, you know, the cause of either one of these, but I can tell you that the driving conditions were pretty poor throughout yesterday afternoon,” Wright said. “It was dark out and the visibility was very poor due to rain and foggy conditions, so I would expect that that could have contributed to at least the one in Loudon and possibly the one in Concord also.”

Wright said all three people in the Loudon accident were transported to Concord Hospital, but some of the patients from the accident in Concord were taken to a hospital in Manchester.

“I do know that we put some extra load on Concord Hospital with a number of patients,” he said. “I think they ended up transporting one or more persons to Manchester because Concord was pretty well backed up.”

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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