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Five injured after minivan hits tree in Pittsfield

Five people were hospitalized – one of them flown from the scene by helicopter – after a minivan crashed into a tree early yesterday evening in Pittsfield, officials said.

The accident happened about 5:20 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of Route 107, also known as Catamount Road, and Governors Road, said Pittsfield fire Chief John DeSilva. The five people who were injured were trapped in the van, and DeSilva said five ambulances were called to take them to the hospital.

One of the people in the van was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, while the other four were taken to Concord Hospital, DeSilva said. He didn’t comment on the extent of their injuries and said he didn’t know their relation to one another.

DeSilva said he didn’t know what factors contributed to the crash. “It’s a hilly, curvy road,” he said.

The Barnstead, Chichester, Concord, Epsom and Loudon fire departments assisted Pittsfield at the scene, and the Northwood Fire Department set up the landing zone for the helicopter, DeSilva said. The Gilmanton Fire Department provided station coverage for Pittsfield.

(Maddie Hanna can be reached at 369-3321 or mhanna@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @maddiehanna.)

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